Now that Isabella is #2 on the list of most popular girls’ names, Isaac and Isaiah are in the Top 50 for boys, and names like Isla are heating up, we’re wondering if the letter ‘I’ just might be in line to become the next vowel du jour, moving up on ‘A’ and ‘E’.
This didn’t seem a very likely prospect a few years ago, when, as recently as 1995, there wasn’t a single name starting with ‘I’ in the Top 100. On the plus side, this means that there is a whole letter-full of neglected, waiting to be discovered, rediscovered and ready-to-be imported names. And it’s a nice initial for a child to have, straight and strong and tied up with identity and ego.
The following girls names are the most fashion forward, either already being appreciated or else on the cusp:
And some still not in the mainstream:
And a few that time has left behind:
There are fewer viable I-choices for the boys. Those most often heard today:
Those further out of the mainstream:
And those, at least momentarily, lost to time: