India

Origin: Sanskrit Meaning: the name comes from the Indus river, which comes from Greek Indus/Indos which is ultimately derived from Sanskrit sindhu meaning “river”, “flood”, “sea” and “ocean”. India is the Latinate form of the name. Advertisements

Isannah

Origin: English Meaning: the closest I could find regarding the name’s etymology is that it most likely a smooh of the names Isabel or Isabella (meaning “my God is abundance” or “my God is oath”) and Susannah (which means “lily”, “rose” and “lotus”). Interesting fact: I first came across this name in history, being the…

Ida

Origin: Germanic, Greek, Old Norse, Irish, Hindu, Japanese Meaning: a multicultural name with many meanings, Ida is from the Germanic element id meaning “work, labor”. It’s also a Greek feminine name, the name of a mountain on the island of Crete, the birthplace of the Greek god Zeus, as well as being the name of the nymph…

Indiana

Origin: English Meaning: from the English adjective Indian meaning “land of the Indians” or “Indian land”. Indy/Indie is a diminutive form of the name.

Illtyd

Origin: Welsh Meaning: from Welsh il “multitude” and tud “land, people” meaning “multitide of land” or “multitude of people”. This is the name of a 5th or 6th century Welsh saint who founded an abbey in Glamorgan. Variants: Illtud, Eltut, Hildutus (Latin)

Iskra

Origin: Slavic Meaning: spark

Isadora

Origin: Greek Meaning: gift of Isis Isadora Quagmire is a friend the Baudelaires’ meet in the fifth book (The Austere Academy) along with her brother Duncan. An aspiring poet, she and her brother are kidnapped by Count Olaf and the Baudelaires’ spend the next few books trying to rescue them. Interesting fact: Isadora and Duncan…

Ishmael

Origin: Hebrew Meaning: “God has heard” or “God will hear” Ishmael is a character in the last book in A Series of Unfortunate Events (The End), a character who lives on the Island the Baudelaires and Count Olaf end up at, and is a stickler for customs and traditions on the Island. Ishamel is also a…

Iris

Origin: Greek Meaning: rainbow ( Ιρις ) In Greek mythology, Iris is the goddess of the rainbow and the messanger of the gods. Iris is also the name of a genus of flowers as well as being a color referring to shades ranging from blue-violet to violet. Iris is also a term used to describe the…

Ilya, Ilia

Origin: Russian, Bulgarian, Georgian Илья (Russian) ილია (Georgian) Илия (Bulgarian) Meaning: Ilya is the Russian form of Elijah meaning “My God is Yahweh”. Ilia is also a variant transcription of Ilya, but it’s also the Georgian form of Elijah or also a variant transcription of Bulgarian Iliya (also the Bulgarian form of Elijah) Ilyusha and…

Io

Pinterest Origin: Greek (Ιω) Meaning: unknown. In Greek mythology, Io was a princess whom Zeus fell in love with and who changed her into a white heifer to protect her from his jealous wife, Hera.

Isobel

Pinterest Origin: Scottish Meaning: Scottish form of Isabel, which ultimatley comes from Elizabeth meaning “My God is my oath” or “My God is abundance”

Ignatius

Origin: Latin Meaning: originally coming from a Roman family name Egnatius (of unknown meaning), it’s current spelling was changed to resemble Latin ignis meaning “fire”

Isingoma

Origin: Eastern African, Ganda, Luganda Meaning: first of twins

Ivan

Origin: Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Croatian, Czech, Slovene, Macedonian, English Meaning: Slavic form of John, meaning “Yahweh is gracious” Although in English, Ivan is always pronounced as “eye-ven”, in Russian and Ukrainian it’s pronounced as “ee-vahn”

Itzal

Origin: Basque Meaning: shadow

Isamu

Origin: Japanese Meaning: brave, courageous ( 勇 )

Inkeri

Origin: Finnish Meaning: Finnish form of Ingrid, meaning Ing is beautiful

Isaiah

Origin: Hebrew, Biblical, English Meaning: God is salvation Variants: Isaias, Esaias,

Idris

Origin: Welsh, Arabic Meaning: ardent lord; study Idris means “ardent lord” in Welsh while in Arabic, it has the possible meaning of “study”. It’s also the Arabic name used for Enoch in the Bible