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…

Ida

Ida is the name of two sacred mountains in Greek mythology, one located on the island of Crete and another in Anatolia (modern-day Turkey). The one in Crete is where the god Zeus was supposedly born and hidden, named by two nymphs named Ida and Adrasteia. It may be derived from Ancient Greek í̄d (ἴ̄δη) meaning “wooded hill, wood”…

Isadora

Isadora is a variant spelling of Isidora, the feminine form of Isidore which comes from Ancient Greek Isidoros meaning “gift of Isis”, Isis being an Egyptian goddess combined with Ancient Greek doron (gift) . Nicknames: Isa, Dora, Izzy/Izzie Origin: Ancient Egyptian, Proto-Indo-European Variants: Isidora (Ancient Greek, Spanish, Portuguese, Serbian, Russian, Italian, English) Izadora (English)   Male forms: Isidoros (Ancient Greek) Isidorus…

Inkeri

Inkeri is a Finnish female name, the Finnish form of Old Norse Ingiríðr meaning “Ing is beautiful”, combined with Old Norse fríðr (beautiful, lovely, fair) and Ing, being another name for Yngvi, the name of an Old Norse god of fertility who may have been an older form or a different name for Freyr, which comes via Proto-Germanic *frawjaz meaning “lord” derived from a PIE root word. Yngvi may…

Iola

Iola (pr. ei-o-la or ee-O-la) is an English female name which seems to be variant of Iole, an Ancient Greek female name meaning “violet” via Ancient Greek ion (violet) which seems to be derived from a pre-I.E. Mediterranean language. In Greek mythology, Iole was the daughter of Eurytus, king of Oechalia, and beloved by Heracles, which would ultimately lead to his death. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Iole (Ancient…

Ivy

Ivy is an English female given name which comes from the word for any of a number of climbing plants with small yellowish flowers. The word comes from Old English ifig via Proto-Germanic *ibahs (ivy) which seems to be derived from a PIE root word. Ivy is also an English surname, a variant spelling of Ivey which seems to have…

Imogen

Imogen was first used by Shakespeare in his play Cymbeline (1609), believed to have been a misspelling of an already existing name, Innogen, a name of uncertain meaning. The name is believed to have been derived from Gaelic inghean meaning “maiden girl” and “daughter” which ultimately derives from PIE root word *ǵenh₁-(to produce, to beget, to give birth). Innogen is…

Iseul

Iseul is a Korean unisex name meaning “dew, morning dew” and “tear, teardrop”. Origin: Korean Iseul- 이슬 (Korean Hangul)  

Isobel

Isobel is the Scottish form of Isabel, the medieval Occitan form of Elizabeth which comes from Hebrew ‘Elisheva meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance”. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Isabel (Spanish, Portuguese, English, French, German, English) Ysabel (Medieval Spanish, English) Isabella (Italian, German, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Romanian) Isabela (Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian) Izabel (Brazilian Portuguese) Izabella (Hungarian,…

Isannah

Isannah is a very unusual English name and the closest I could find regarding its etymology is that it is most likely a combination of the names Isabel/Isabella (meaning “my God is abundance” or “my God is an oath” from Hebrew) and Susannah (which comes from Hebrew name Shoshannah meaning “lily”; it also means “rose” in modern Hebrew. It…