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

Ines Origin and Meaning

The name Ines is a girl's name of Portuguese origin meaning "pure, virginal".

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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Ines's International Variations

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


kankhen Says:


Inès is a lovely name

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.