Baby girl names beginning with I

Looking for baby name ideas for a girl that start with the 9th letter of the alphabet? We’ve got some intriguing suggestions, along with their origin and meaning

The letter I

Do you need inspiration for good baby girl names? Read our list of names beginning with I and their origin and meaning and find out if your baby could be a Ianthe, Idris or Ivy

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1. Ianthe

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: violet flower

2. Ida

  • Origin: Old German
  • Meaning: hard-working

3. Idonea

  • Origin: Old Norse
  • Meaning: possibly, work

4. Idony

  • Origin: Old Norse
  • Meaning: a name from Norse legend.

5. Idra

  • Origin: Aramaic
  • Meaning: fig tree or flag

6. Idris

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: fiery lord

7. Ignatia

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: the fiery one: the feminine form of Ignatius

8Ikuyo

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: to grow

8Ilona

  • Origin: Hungarian
  • Meaning: queen of the fairies
  • Also: Helen

9. Ilse

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: oath of God
  • Also: Elisabeth

10. Imelda

  • Origin: Spanish/Italian.
  • Meaning: warrior woman, universal battle

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11. Imogen

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: image, likeness, imitation

12. Ina

  • Origin: Ina
  • Meaning: to entertain; a short form of names ending in -ina
  • Also: Ena

13. Inaaya

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: gift from God

14. India

  • Origin: Indian
  • Meaning: the name of a country used as a first name

15. Indira

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: loveliness

16. Indra

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: a raindrop

17. Inez

  • Origin: Spanish/Portuguese
  • Meaning: holy, pure; is the English spelling of the Spanish and Portuguese name Inés/Inês
  • Also: Agnes

18. Ingeborg

  • Origin: Old Norse
  • Meaning: Ing’s fortress; Ing was the god of fertility in Norse legend
  • Also: Inga

19. Ingrid

  • Origin: Old Norse
  • Meaning: belonging to Ing, the god of fertility
  • Also: Inga

20. Iola

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: a cloud at dawn
  • Also: Iole

21. Iolanthe

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: violet flower

22. Iona

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: the name of the Scottish island used as a first name

23. Irene

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: peace
  • Also: Irena, Renie, Rene

24. Iris

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: rainbow

25. Irma

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: ubiquitous

25. Irmak

  • Origin: Turkish
  • Meaning: river

26. Isabel

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: pledged to God
  • Also: Elizabeth, Isabelle, Isobel, Iseabail, Ishbel (Gaelic form), Isabella; Isa, Bel, Belle and Bella

27. Isadora

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: possibly, gift
  • Also: Isidora

28. Isla

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: Scottish island name used as a first name
  • Also: Islay

29. Isolda

  • Origin: Old Welsh
  • Meaning: beautiful one
  • Also: Iseult, Isolde, Yseult, Ysolde

30. Ivana

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: the feminine form of Ivan, the Russian form of John

31. Ivy

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: a plant name used as a first name

About our author Catherine Ball

Catherine Ball is a freelance journalist who specialises in writing about parenting and health. She has been a journalist for 20 years, writing for a wide range of regional and national publications. She is also mum to 4 children between the ages 3 and 12, so has drawn up many, many lists of baby names over the past few years.

Illustration: Emma Winchester

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