Girls’ Names with I-Endings
By Abby Sandel
Is it me, or do names ending in ‘i’ sometimes look incomplete? Ashli and Maci seem like they’re missing something. Others, like Lori and Dani are so common that they seem natural – and yet, they’re often short for longer names.
But there are names for girls that traditionally end with the letter i. Many are imports, and some are quite rate in English. But they could work beautifully for a daughter today. That distinctive ‘i’ ending can make for a true style standout.
Let’s take a look at some intriguing girls’ names that end with the letter ‘i’ – no ‘e’ required!
Eleni – Baker Eleni Gianopulos gave her name to a well-known cookie company. The name is a Greek form of Helen. It’s not new at all, though – back in the 1500s, it was the name of an empress of Ethiopia.
Eleri – Ellery is a surname name often associated with writer Ellery Queen. Eleri is a name from Welsh legends. They’re not exactly the same, though. Eleri is traditionally pronounced with emphasis on the middle syllable.
Heidi – Is this name all Swiss Alps? Or high fashion? Originally short for Adelaide, the name brings to mind Johanna Spyri’s upbeat children’s book character, as well as model turned Project Runway host, Heidi Klum.
Iolani – Dozens of Hawaiian names could make this list: Noelani, Leilani, and Kailani are just a few. I chose Iolani for this list because it means “heavenly bird.” Between our love of nature names and the first initial I, I think it’s quite the interesting option.
Kairi – In Japanese, it could be related to the word for sea. In Estonian, it’s a nickname for Katherine. Either way, Kairi is a modern possibility that seems a little different than Kari – though it would likely be confusing for Kari quite a bit.
Kaori – A Japanese name meaning fragrance, and an interesting option for parents who love the letter K.
Lazuli – Bolder than Blue, Lazuli comes from the gemstone lapis lazuli.
Lumi – Another Finnish name, this one meaning snow – but also bringing to mind the Latin word lumen – light.
Noomi – But the rarest of them all is Noomi, as in Swedish actress Noomi Rapace, known for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. It’s yet another form of Naomi.
Suri – Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes gave this name to their daughter, setting off speculation about the name’s origin and meaning. It’s still not entirely clear, but the name has hovered just outside the US Top 1000 for the last few years.
Suvi – Yet another Finnish name, this time meaning summer.
Vashti – Another Biblical figure, and a daring name for a daughter.
What’s your favorite girls’ name ending in i? Are there others that belong on this list?
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on October 14th, 2015 at 12:13 am
I love Lazuli and appreciate Nayeli, but find the others wretched. I don’t get why when there are a bazillion good names out there that are being neglected people go for these names.
on October 14th, 2015 at 3:42 am
Anjali is pronounced like UN-ja-lee, so not really similar to Angela in sound.
on October 14th, 2015 at 4:26 am
Albeni- means charm, attraction
Beki- strong, partner, shaman
Cici- Flower, cute thing
Diri- soul, alive
Edi- respected person
Mengi- same as Bengi
on October 14th, 2015 at 5:06 am
I immediately thought of Siri, either as a name on its own or as a nn for Sigrid.
My name ends in -i, Mai, it’s the German spelling of May. (Along with having various meanings in Japanese and Vietnamese)
on October 14th, 2015 at 8:19 am
REALLY love Anjali, Behati, Eleni, Lorelei, Lumi, Lazuli, Noemi & Suvi. Speaking of Finnish names I also love Helmi, meaning pearl, and Talvi, meaning winter.
on October 14th, 2015 at 8:27 pm
Araceli, Anneli, and Eleni are longtime favorites of mine!
on October 14th, 2015 at 8:44 pm
on October 14th, 2015 at 10:21 pm
A bunch of gorgeous names! I’m intrigued by Lumi. Lorelei and Naomi are modern classics.
on October 15th, 2015 at 4:52 pm
Obviously I love Noemi. A lot of these names are beautiful. The ones that are on my list for another girl are: Nayeli, Sarai, Magali, Leilani.
on October 15th, 2015 at 7:08 pm
Anneli and Sarai have been longstanding favorites of mine. Mari is my favorite variation of Mary.
on October 16th, 2015 at 3:28 pm
We have friends who just named their daughter Andi which I think is really sweet.
on October 16th, 2015 at 8:49 pm
A wonderful list! (I say with a heavy heart…). We had chosen Lumi for our second daughter due in December (to honor my dearest friend who is Finnish), only to be told this week that its slang for prostitute in Spanish. We had to drop that name like a hot potato but I can’t help myself….I still LOVE the name!
Can anyone confirm if this is so? I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t come across the info on NB. (Had to google it instead).
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