Iphigenia

Iphigenia is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Iphigeneia, the name of a daughter of the Spartan king Agamemnon. He was also the older brother of Menelaus, whose wife Helen‘s abduction by Paris of Troy led to the ten year war between the Trojans and the Greeks. However, Agamemnon had offended the goddess Artemis and she refused to allow the Greek ships to sail unless…

Ira

Ira (pr. eye-rah) is a Hebrew male name meaning “watchful”. In Russia and other Slavic countries, Ira (pr. ee-rah) is a female given name, a diminutive of Irina, the Slavic form of Irene, which comes from Greek Eirene meaning “peace”. In Greek mythology, Eirene is the Greek goddess of peace and the season of the spring, and is one of the Horae/Horai, goddessess of…

Icaria

Icaria (also spelled Ikaria) is the name of a Greek island which supposedly derives its name from Icarus of Greek mythology, the son of Daedalus, who escaped the island of Crete by using wings Daedalus had created to fly away. However, Icarus flew too close to the sun, causing the wax that kept his feathers together to melt and he…

Indigo

Indigo is the name of a purplish-blue color which comes from the color of a dye extracted from plants exported from India to the Ancient Greeks and Romans, who viewed it as a luxury product. That’s where the origin of the name comes from, from Ancient Greek indikon meaning “Indian dye”; India is named from the Indus…

Ikaika

Ikaika is a Hawaiian male name meaning “strong”. Origin: Hawaiian  

Isabelo

Isabello is a rare Spanish male name, the masculine form of Isabel which is the medieval Occitan form of Elizabeth, the English form of Hebrew ‘Elisheva meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance”. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Isabello (Italian)   Female forms: Isabel (Spanish, Portuguese, French German, English) Isabela (Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian) Isabella (Italian, German, English, Swedish, Norwegian,…

Ibolya

Ibolya (pr. ee-bow-ya) is a Hungarian female name meaning “violet”, derived from Latin viola via an Ancient Greek source. Origin: Ancient Greek  

Ishan

Ishan is the name of an avatar of Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction and transformation and one of the most important deities in the Hindu pantheon. The name comes from Sanskrit meaning “master, lord” derived from root word īś ईश् (own, possession) via a PIE root word. Ishan is also the name of a guardian of the…

Irvin

Irvin comes from a surname with a few possible meanings tied to it: it comes from an Irish surname, an anglicized form of Gaelic O’hEireamhoin meaning “descendant of Eireamhan”, the latter a given name of uncertain origin; it may also be derived from Old English given name Eoforwine meaning “boar friend”, made up from Old English elements eofor (boar) and wine (friend, protector, lord);…

Io

Io (pr. eye-o) is the name of a figure in Greek mythology, an Argive princess who was loved by the god Zeus. When his wife Hera found out about her, he changed her into a white heifer in order to protect her. However, Hera saw through the deception and demanded that Zeus give her the heifer as…