Elements, Etruscan, Fire, I names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names

Ignatius

Ignatius is a variant spelling of Egnatius, an Ancient Roman family name of unknown meaning though it's likely that it was Etruscan in origin. The spelling of Egnatius was later altered to resemble Latin ignis meaning "fire". Ignatius is also a surname derived from the given name. Origin: Etruscan, Proto-Indo-European   Variants: Egnatius (Ancient Roman) Ignacio (Spanish) Inácio (Portuguese) Iñaki… Continue reading Ignatius

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Color, Female, Greek mythology, I names, Literature, Mythological creatures, Mythology, Nature, Nymphs, Proto-Indo-European, Violet/Purple, Virtues/Attributes

Ianthe

Ianthe is an Ancient Greek female name meaning "purple flower" or "violet flower". In Greek mythology, Ianthe is a ocean nymph, one of the three thousand Oceanids, as well as being the name of a girl who married Iphis, a girl who was raised as a boy in secret by her mother because the father had threatened… Continue reading Ianthe

Color, Greek, Greek mythology, I names, Male, Mythology, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Violet/Purple, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Iamos

Iamos is the name of a figure in Greek mythology, the son of Evadne (the daugher of the sea god Poseidon), and Apollo. Evadne was ashamed of her pregnancy and so, when her son was born, she left him exposed to the elements, lying on a bed of violets, where he survived by being fed honey by two snakes before… Continue reading Iamos

Animals, Birds, Celtic, Color, Dove, Female, Hebrew, I names, Japanese, Male, Nature, Numbers, Old Norse, Physical Attributes, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Unisex, Violet/Purple, Virtues/Attributes

Iona

Iona is a female given name, derived from the name of an island located off Scotland. The origin of the name is uncertain though it could be derived from Old Norse ey meaning "island" though it could also be related to a Proto-Celtic source meaning "yew". It's just as possible that Iona may be a variant form… Continue reading Iona

Blue, Color, Female, Greek mythology, I names, Mythology, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Violet/Purple, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Iris

Iris is the name of the Greek goddess of the rainbow and a messanger of the gods. Her name means "rainbow" in Greek derived from PIE root word *weh₁y- (to twist, wind, weave, plait; to wrap, enclose cover). Iris also refers to a genus of flowers which comes from the Greek word for rainbow, as well as… Continue reading Iris

Female, I names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Ideal

Ideal is an English word referring to an idea or concepton of perfection or excellence, a stand for people to strive for; it also refers to something that exists only in the mind. It comes from Late Latin idealis (existing in idea) derived from Ancient Greek idea (form, look, appearance; notion, pattern) from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Hebrew, I names, Male, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Virtues/Attributes

Iago

Iago is the Welsh and Galician form of Jacob or James meaning "holder of the heel" or "supplanter" from Hebrew Ya'aqov. It's the name of the villain in Shakespeare's Othello (1603). In Welsh it's pronounced ya-go in Welsh and ee-aw-go in Spanish. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Jago (Cornish) Yago (Spanish)  

Female, Hebrew, I names, Virtues/Attributes

Ivanna

Ivanna is the Russian feminine form of Ivan, itself the Slavic form of John derived from Hebrew Yochanan meaning "Yahweh is gracious". Nicknames: Ivanka (Czech, Bulgarian, Slovak, Serbian, Croatian, Slovene) Origin: Hebrew Variants: Ivana (Czech, Slovak, Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Macedonian)   Male forms: Ivan (Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Serbian, Croatian, Czech, Slovak, Macedonian, Slovene, Italian, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English)… Continue reading Ivanna

Greek mythology, I names, Male, Mythology, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Ixion

Ixion is the name of the king of the Lapiths (an ancient tribe in Thessaly) in Greek mythology who was either the son of Ares, Antion, Leonteus, or Phlegyas. Apparently, Ixion was not a very good person, killing his father-in-law after inviting him for dinner and breaking the laws of xenia, and no one would perform the rituals that would cleanse… Continue reading Ixion

Elements, Female, I names, Place names, Sanskrit, Water

India

India is the name of a country in South Asia. The name comes from the Indus River, one of the longest rivers in Asia. To the Ancient Greeks, it was known as Indus/Indos while the name became India to the Romans. Its name derives from Sanskrit Sindhu meaning "river, stream; flood, waters; sea, ocean". India is a popular… Continue reading India

Ancient Germanic, Arthurian legends & myths, Battle/War, Celtic, Earth, Elements, Female, I names, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Isotta

Isotta is the Italian form of Isolde, a name of uncertain origin though it’s believed to have Celtic roots or it may come from a Germanic name made up of is (ice, iron) and hild (battle) meaning “ice battle” or “iron battle”. In Arthurian legend, Isolde is the name of several figures including an Irish princess who fell in love with Tristan, the nephew of… Continue reading Isotta

Ancient Greek, Female, Hebrew, I names, Moon, Virtues/Attributes

Ileana

Ileana is a Romanian, Italian, and Spanish female name, the Romanian form of Elena or Helen both of which derive from Helene, an Ancient Greek name of uncertain etymology though it could be related to Greek helene meaning “torch” or “corposant”, or perhaps linked to selene meaning “moon”. Ileana could also a variant spelling of Iliana,  a Greek and Bulgarian female name; in Greek it's the feminine… Continue reading Ileana

Animals, Boar, Gaelic, I names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Irwin

Irwin comes from an English surname derived from Old English given name Eoforwine meaning "boar friend" from Old English eofor (boar) from Proto-Germanic *eburaz (boar)  from a Proto-Indo-European source; and wine (friend, protector, lord) from Proto-Germanic *winiz (friend, loved one) which also derives from Proto-Indo-European *wenh₁- (to wish, love, desire). Irwin is also derived from a Gaelic surname, the anglicized form of O' hEireamhoin meaning "descendant of Eireamhan", the… Continue reading Irwin

Arabic, I names, Male, Mythology, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh, Welsh mythology, Word names

Idris

Idris is a male name with two different origins and meanings: it's a Welsh name meaning "ardent lord" from Welsh udd (lord, prince) and ris (ardent, enthusiastic, impulsive). In Welsh mythology, Idris Gawr (or Idris the Giant) was a legendary giant and magician who was likely based on a real person in seventh century Wales, and who gave his name… Continue reading Idris

Emotion/Feelings, Hebrew, I names, Joy, Male, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Isaac

Isaac comes from a Hebrew male name meaning "he will rejoice, he will laugh". Isaac is also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Ike Origin: Hebrew Variants: Issac (English) Isaak (Russian, German, English, Biblical Greek) Isak (Danish, Norwegian, Swedish) Izaäk (Dutch) Sjaak (Dutch) Iisakki (Finnish) Sahak (Armenian) Yitzhak (Biblical Hebrew, Hebrew) Itzhak (Hebrew)… Continue reading Isaac

Female, Hebrew, I names, Virtues/Attributes

Isabel

Isabel is the medieval Occitan form of Elizabeth, the English form of Hebrew ‘Elisheva meaning "my God is an oath" or "my God is abundance". Nicknames: Izzy/Izzie, Bel/Belle Origin: Hebrew Variants: Isabelle (French, English, German, Dutch) Isabell (German, English) Isabella (English, Italian, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Romanian) Isabela (Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian) Ysabel (Spanish) Izabel (Brazilian Portuguese) Izabella… Continue reading Isabel

Ancient Germanic, Arthurian legends & myths, Battle/War, Celtic, Earth, Elements, Female, I names, Nature, Water

Isolde

Isolde is the name of several figures in Arthurian legend, the most famous one being the princess of Ireland who is betrothed to King Mark of Cornwall. Mark's nephew Tristan goes to fetch Isolde to Cornwall and on their voyage back the two accidentally drink a love potion and wind up falling madly in love… Continue reading Isolde

Ancient Greek, Female, Greek, Greek mythology, I names, Mythology, Virtues/Attributes

Irene

Irene 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 the season and later became assocoiated with order and justice. Although Irene is often pronounced eye-reen in the English-speaking world, it's also pronounced eye-reen-ee or er-re-ne. Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Eirene (Ancient Greek)… Continue reading Irene