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

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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  

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

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

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

Animals, Female, I names, Japanese, Male, Nature, Numbers, Snake/Serpent, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Izumi

Izumi is a Japanese unisex name though it seems to be more common for women than men. It has a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used, such as 泉 "spring, fountain water" (used for both sexes); 一角 "one + corner, edge; horn, antler; character, part, role"; 五巳 "five + sign of the Snake";… Continue reading Izumi