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Gender: Female Pronunciation: ee-NEZ Meaning of Ines: "pure, virginal" Origin of Ines: Italian, Portuguese, Slovene and Croatian variation of Agnes

The name Ines is a girl's name of Portuguese origin meaning "pure, virginal". Ines and is often added to lists like Unique Vintage Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

This form of Agnes, Ines has always been popular since the true story of the thwarted lovers Queen Ines of Castro and King Peter of Portugal. This has to be one of the most heartbreaking and bloody true romances in history!

Prince Peter fell in love with the beautiful and lovely Ines, but their relationship was forbidden by his father King Afonso. Peter (who had been married) became a widow and planned to marry Ines, but this too was disallowed. When Peter followed her into exile, Afonso ordered Ines to be murdered in front of her own child. Distraught, Peter hunted her murderers down and ripped the hearts out of their bodies, claiming they did not have any hearts. When he later came to the throne, Peter made Ines his queen, exhumed her body and made the court vow allegiance to her.

Ines recently achieved new prominence in the US as the name of the second daughter of actors Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds.

Inez is the Spanish spelling.

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Famous People Named Ines

Ines de Castro, posthumous Queen consort of Peter I of Portugal
Inés María Mendoza, 1st First Lady of Puerto Rico; wife of Governor Luis Muñoz
Ines Sastre, Spanish model & actress
Inés Suárez, Spanish female conquistador
Ines De La Fressange, French model and fashion designer
Ines Torelli, Swiss comedienne
Ines Papert, German mountain climber
Inese Galante, Latvian operatic soprano
Inés Ayala, Spanish MEP
Inés Ferrer Suárez, Spanish tennis player
Ines Putri, Miss Indonesia 2012
Inés Efron, Argentine actress
Ines Pellegrini, Eritrean-Italian actress
Inés Palombo, Argentine actress
Inés Gaviria, Colombian singer
(María) Inés Rivero, Argentine model
Eda-Ines Etti, Estonian pop singer
María Inés Guerra, Mexican TV host and singer
Juana Ines de la Cruz, Mexican writer
Ines Granger (b. 2002), daughter of Australian chef Bill Granger
Ines Sophia Niarchos (b. 1995), daughter of Daphne Guinness and Spyros Niarchos
Inès Philippine Alexia Krusbæk (b. 2011), great-great-great-granddaughter of Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg

Pop Culture References for the name Ines

Ines Serrano, character in Jean-Paul Sartre's "No Exit"
Ines, character in a Byron poem
Ines, Sofia Vergara's character in the movie "Chef" (2014)
"Ines of My Soul," novel by Isabel Allende about Ines Suarez

Ines's International Variations

Annys, Annis (Greek) Ynes, Ynez, Ynesita, Inesita (Spanish)


KaiLun Says:


Personally don't really like the virginal meaning but I'm sure plenty others love it

Daiseymae Says:


It is okay.

AbbyNu Says:


The description here seems to show a long E sound for the first syllable...I feel when I've heard it said aloud it's been either a long I sound or a short vowel sound, somewhere closer to a short A or E? Anyone know for sure?

Ines M Rivas-Hutchins Says:


Ines is also the Spanish pronunciation, not Inez. I'm not even sure where that came from Nameberry?

indiefendi2 Says:


My instincts told me that Ines was Blake and Ryan Reynolds baby name. I was right!!! That's awesome. Great choice.

Zach-ARI Says:


That story is so awful and sad.

katinka Says:


I really like Ines. It's simple, classy and feels a lot lighter and fresher than Agnes.

caetano Says:


Love the portuguese prounciation. Its top10 in Portugal for 2015, and has been for several years. The ancient portuguese spelling was Ignez.



I love this name! Definitely going to call my daughter this, IDONTHATEEVERYTHING #blessed #ines #lovethisname xx

jojobabyberry Says:


And in Portuguese it's Inês.

Eva Thyssen Says:


It's Inés in Spanish, with a written accent.