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…

Iolo

Iolo (pr. yo-lo) is a Welsh diminutive form of Iorwerth, a Welsh male name meaning “handsome lord” made up of Welsh elements iôr (lord) and berth (fair, handsome, beautiful, fine). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Iolyn (Welsh) Iorwerth (Welsh) Yorath (Welsh)  

Isamu

Isamu is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: isamu 勇 “courage”; isamu 勲 “merit; distinguished service”; isamu 敢 “daring; brave; bold; sad; tragic; pitiful”; isamu 武 “warrior; military; chivalry; arms”; isamu 力 “power; strength; force” Origin: Japanese There are other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s いさむ.    

Isaiah

Isaiah comes from a Hebrew name meaning “Yahweh is salvation”. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Isiah (English) Isaias (English) Yesha’yahu (Biblical Hebrew) Yeshayahu (Hebrew) Esaias (Biblical Latin) Esa (Finnish) Ikaia (Hawaiian) Isaia (Italian) Isaija (Macedonian, Serbian) Isaías (Spanish, Portuguese) Isay (Russian)  

Ilya

Ilya is a Russian male name, the Russian form of Elijah which comes from Hebrew meaning “my God is Yahweh” or “Yahweh is my God”. Nicknames: Ilyusha (Russian), Ilyushenka (Russian) Origin: Hebrew Variants: Ilia (Russian, Georgian, Bulgarian) Ilija (Macedonian, Serbian, Croatian, Bulgarian) Iliya (Bulgarian) Elias (Portuguese, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, English, Dutch, Greek) Elijah (English, Hebrew) Ilias…

Itzal

Itzal is a Basque male name and word meaning “shadow”. I’ve also seen it listed as a female name Origin: Basque  

Ivan

Ivan is the Slavic form of John derived from Hebrew Yochanan meaning “Yahweh is gracious”. Ivan is also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Vanya (Russian), Ivo (Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian), Yanko (Bulgarian), Vancho (Bulgarian, Macedonian), Vančo (Macedonian), Ivica (Croatian, Serbian) Origin: Hebrew Variants: John (English, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Dutch) Jon (English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Basque) Johan (Swedish, Norwegian,…

Illtyd

Illtyd is a Welsh male name meaning “multitude of land” made up of Welsh elements il (multitude) and tud (land). This was the name of a Welsh saint who lived either in the 5th or 6th century. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Illtud (Welsh) Eltud (Welsh) Hildutus (Latin)  

Igor

Igor is the Russian form of Ingvar, an Old Norse form of Yngvarr from Yngvi, an Old Norse cognate of Ing (the alternate name of the Norse god Frey) possibly meaning “ancestor” combined with the old Norse element arr, herr meaning “warrior” which derives from Proto-Germanic element *harjaz (army; army leader, warrior) so the name would essentially mean…