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

Advertisements
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

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)  

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

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

Ancient Greek, Greek, Greek mythology, I names, Male, Mythology

Iolaus

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… Continue reading Iolaus

Ancient Greek, Color, Greek, Greek mythology, Hebrew, I names, Latin, Male, Mythology, Nature, Surname names, Violet/Purple, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Ion

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… Continue reading Ion

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

Ancient Germanic, Animals, Birds, I names, Male, Norse mythology, Proto-Germanic, Raven, Surname names

Ingram

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… Continue reading Ingram

Arabic, I names, Male, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Ibrahim

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,… Continue reading Ibrahim