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Boy Names Ending in I

Boy Names Ending in I
Boy names ending in I are an ever-more-popular group. Levi is the most popular boy name ending with I right now. Along with Levi, other boy names in the US Top 1000 include Eli, Kai, Giovanni, and Amari.

Here are all Nameberry’s boy names that end with the letter I. The top names below rank among the current US Top 1000 Baby Names and are ordered by popularity. Unique names rank below the Top 1000 and are listed alphabetically.
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LeviHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "joined, attached"
  • Description:

    In the Old Testament, Levi was the third son of Leah and Jacob, from whom the priestly tribe of Levites descended; in the New Testament, Levi was Matthew's given name before he became an apostle. It is suspected that Levi derives from the Hebrew word yillaweh, meaning “he will join.”

EliHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "ascended, uplifted, high"
  • Description:

    Eli derives from the Hebrew ’aly, meaning “high.” In the Old Testament, Eli was the high priest and last judge of Israel, who trained the prophet Samuel. While Eli is a full name on its own, it can be a shortened form of Elijah, Elias, Eliezer, or even Elliot. Eli is used as a feminine name—most often as a nickname for Elisabet or Elin—in some Scandinavian countries.

KaiHeart

  • Origin:

    Hawaiian
  • Meaning:

    "sea"
  • Description:

    Kai has many origins, but in the US is most commonly referred to as being of Hawaiian derivation, meaning “sea.” In Europe, Kai is largely considered to have Frisian origin as a diminutive of the name Kaimbe, meaning “warrior”, or as a short form of Gerard "brave spear". Kai is also found as an independent name in African, Chinese, Turkish and Native American cultures. Kai is a strong, evocative multi-cultural name that packs a lot of power in its single syllable.

GiovanniHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of John
  • Meaning:

    "God is gracious"
  • Description:

    Giovanni is a venerable Italian classic that suddenly sounds fresh and cool. Ubiquitous in Italy, it has countless notable namesakes, from writer Boccaccio to designer Versace (nn Gianni).

MalachiHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "my messenger"
  • Description:

    An Old Testament name with a Gaelic lilt, Malachi entered the list in 1987.
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AmariHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "eternal"
  • Description:

    An originally male name also used for girls, mostly because of its soft sound and vowel ending. Related to names and words in a range of languages—Yoruba, Thai, Hebrew—and with a variety of positive meanings.

MalakaiHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "my messenger"
  • Description:

    Malachi is familiar enough that you don't need to use the trendy k variation.

BodhiHeart

  • Origin:

    Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "awakening, enlightenment"
  • Description:

    Bodhi is a Sanskrit name translated as "enlightenment" or "awakening" which relates to a Buddhist concept, wherein Bodhi is synonymous with the state of nirvana, being freed from hate, greed and ego. The Bodhi tree is a large fig tree under which the founder of Buddhism received enlightenment. Spelling variations include Bodie and Bode.

AliHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "supreme, exalted"
  • Description:

    This is one of the ninety-nine attributes of Allah, deemed by Muhammad to be a recommended name for a male child. In this country, it's been primarily associated with boxing immortal Muhammad Ali, known as "the greatest." But Ali is also one of the most popular unisex names for both boys and girls.

GianniHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian, diminutive of Giovanni, variation of John
  • Meaning:

    "God is gracious"
  • Description:

    Gianni, the Italian equivalent of Johnny, sounds more substantial and fresh. Like many names starting with "Gian", it is on a rising trend (for both boys and girls, though it leans more male). TV star Jill Hennessey's son is named Gianni Mastropietro.
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ArmaniHeart

  • Origin:

    Persian
  • Meaning:

    "freeman"
  • Description:

    Although this is catching on along with other brand names, we think it's better to use a personal family name than to appropriate Giorgio's.

KamariHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Kamaria, Swahili
  • Meaning:

    "moonlight"
  • Description:

    A melodic name that's taking off in the African-American community.

AriHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Ariel, Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "lion of God"
  • Description:

    Ari, the short form of Ariel (or any other Ari- beginning name, such as Aristotle) stands up better as a boys’ name than its progenitor does. It is also short for Aristotle, as in Onassis, and is a prominent character on TV's Entourage -- the uberagent Ari Gold.

OmariHeart

  • Origin:

    Swahili, Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "populous, flourishing"
  • Description:

    This name, like Omar and Amari, has been in the US Top 1000 for many years. After taking a downturn in 2008, it's now again on the upswing. Actor Omari Hardwick keeps it in the public eye.

NikolaiHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian variation of Nicholas
  • Description:

    Russian forms, like Russian supermodels, are hot these days. This is a strong, worldly way to make Nicholas new; it was chosen for his son by Barry Bonds, Jr.
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MakaiHeart

  • Description:

    A less-popular variation of the name Michael.

JamariHeart

  • Origin:

    Invented elaboration of Jamar
  • Description:

    Sleek and modern.

DakariHeart

  • Origin:

    African
  • Meaning:

    "rejoice"
  • Description:

    This name from the Shona language is a new entrant to the Top 1000 in the US.

KhariHeart

  • Origin:

    West African
  • Meaning:

    "kingly"
  • Description:

    Though used quite often for babies of both sexes, Khari, meaning "kingly," was traditionally a boys' name. Musical couple Fetty Wop and Masika Kalysha, however, named their daughter Khari.

RemiHeart

  • Origin:

    French, variation of Remy
  • Meaning:

    "oarsman"
  • Description:

    Makes the jaunty REMY a little more nicknamey and feminine.
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MekhiHeart

  • Origin:

    Derivation and meaning unknown
  • Description:

    Fans of versatile, rising African- American actor Mekhi Phifer have begun to adopt his unusual first name for their sons.

DamariHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Amari
  • Description:

    Damari is thought to be a variation of the popular trans-cultural name Amari with the Da- prefix. Amari means "eternal" in Hebrew and may mean "strength" in Yoruba, though other sources list the African meaning as unknown.

KenjiHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "second son"
  • Description:

    One of several Japanese names that refer to a child's place in the family birth order.

ZakaiHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Zaccai, Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "pure"
  • Description:

    Zakai bears a lot of resemblance to the ancient Hebrew name Zaccai, but many modern parents are using it as an elaboration of the popular name Kai, blending it with Zack.

AviHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "father"
  • Description:

    Avi, the short form of many Hebrew names, is often used on its own in Israel. It entered the US Top 1000 for the first time in 2015.
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MordechaiHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "follower of Marduk"
  • Description:

    Mordechai and Mordecai are equally valid — both are used as transcriptions from the Hebrew bible, and one did not originate before the other. But although popular culture tends to prefer the (slightly simpler) Mordecai, Mordechai has always been the more common version for babies born in the US.

JabariHeart

  • Origin:

    Swahili
  • Meaning:

    "comforter, bringer of consolation"
  • Description:

    Coolly attractive African name, with distinguished representatives in sports and literature. Jabari has been on the rise recently, returning to the US Top 1000 in 2015.

JovanniHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Jovani
  • Description:

    A variation of a variation.