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  


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)  


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…


Ian is the Scottish form of John which is the English form of Iohannes, the Latin form of Greek Ioannes from Hebrew Yochanan meaning “Yahweh is gracious”. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Iain (Scottish) Eoin (Irish, Scottish) John (English, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian) Sean (Irish, English) Ían (Icelandic)  


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…


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…


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)…


Issachar (pr. ee-sah-kahr; Forvo) comes from a Hebrew male name of uncertain etymology possibly meaning “man of hire” or “there is reward” from Hebrew shakhar (hire, wage, reward, recompense). Origin: Hebrew Variants: Yissachar (Hebrew) Yissakhar (Hebrew)  


Imani is a Swahili unisex name meaning “faith, belief” derived from Arabic ʾāmana (to believe in). Origin: Arabic Variants: Iman (Arabic) unisex Imen (Arabic) male  


Iolaus is the name of Hercules’s mortal nephew, the son of his mortal half-brother Iphicles in Greek myth. He not only helped his uncle with some of his Labors, including defeating the Hydra, but he was also depicted as being the lover of Hercules as well. The second element of his name comes from Greek laos meaning…


Isingoma is an African male name meaning “first of twins” in the Luganda language. It also seems to be a surname as well. Origin: African (Luganda)      


Ion is a figure in Greek mythology, the son of Creusa (an Athenian princess) and either the god Apollo or the Peloponnesus king Xuthus depending on some versions, and who is the ancestor of the Ionian people. The meaning behind the name is unknown, though it might be a stretch to relate it to Greek ion which…


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”;…


Ingram is an English surname derived from Norman French Enguerrand which is the Medieval French form of Engilram, a Germanic name. The second part of the name comes from Germanic hramn (raven) though the first part of the name is a little trickier. It could be from Angil, the name of a Germanic tribe possibly meaning “angel”, though it could also be derived…


Origin: Arabic إبراهيم‎‎ (Arabic) Ibrāhīm Meaning: the Arabic form of Abraham, a Hebrew name that either means “father of many”, or it could be a contraction of Abram meaning “high father” with hamon meaning “many, multitude”. As well as a given name, Ibrahim is also a surname. Abraham is an imporant figure in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam,…