Name Trend: The I’s Have It for Girls
Iris is a perennial flower name, on the national list since records have been kept, and is now definitely on the upswing: it’s at Number245 in the US, in the Top 100 of the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden and 52 on Nameberry. A Greek mythological name—she was the goddess of the rainbow, its also been a celebrity choice—Jude Law and Judd Apatow are both dads to Irises.
- Iris is a perennial flower name, on the national list since records have been kept, and is now definitely on the upswing: it’s at Number245 in the US, in the Top 100 of the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden and 52 on Nameberry. A Greek mythological name—she was the goddess of the rainbow, its also been a celebrity choice—Jude Law and Judd Apatow are both dads to Irises." >
- Ianthe has been seen more in fiction than on birth certificates, used by such writers as the poet Shelley and novelists Barbara Pym, Rosamond Lehmann and Georgette Heyer." >
- Ava (now Number 5), followed by Ada (382)—so could Ida be next in line? It was a Top 10 name a century ago, when a popular song was Ida, Sweet as Apple Cider, and is still Number 2 in Denmark and 10 in Norway." >
- Imogen is currently Number 34 in England, Wales and Australia, and a whopping 23 on Nameberry—though it’s yet to be seen on the national list. Worthy namesakes include classic photographer Imogen Cunningham and contemporary musician Imogen Heap." >
- Inez has been fully integrated into the American name pool. It was briefly a Top 100 name in the US in the early decades of the 20th century. The Spanish and Portuguese version of Agnes, it can also be spelled Ines or Ynez." >
- Ingrid Bergman, whose midcentury popularity caused the name to reach Number 380 in 1967. Somewhat neglected now, it would make an inspired choice for parents with Scandinavian roots. Ingrid is the middle name of both Scarlett Johansson and Michelle Williams." >
- Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin thought out of the box when they named their daughter Ireland in 1995, and by 1998 it had reached the lower echelons of the Top 1000. In the current baby name climate, in which place names are trending, Ireland is proving an increasingly appealing destination." >
- Isadora Duncan, Fear of Flying protagonist Isadora Wing and Lemony Snicket’s Isadora Quagmire (named for Duncan). Bjork called her daughter Isadora." >
- Isla Fisher appeared on the international cinema scene, her name, helped along by a Harry Potter character, was on the path to becoming one of the fastest-rising girls’ names, reaching Number 150 within just five years. Even Queen Elizabeth has a great-granddaughter named Isla." >
- Tristan in the Arthurian legend, whose tragic story made it very popular during the Middle Ages. Other variations are Isolda, Iseult and Isotta. She’s appreciated on Nameberry, where Isolde is Number 216." >
- Beyonce and Jay-Z chose Blue Ivy for their little girl. Ivy has been appearing more and more frequently on the small screen, on shows from Gossip Girl to Dollhouse to Downton Abbey. It ranks at Number 146 on the SS list, and in the Top 30 on Nameberry." >
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on August 7th, 2015 at 9:17 am
on August 7th, 2015 at 9:30 am
I have always liked Iris! It’s so pretty, and has a really soft sound to it.
on August 7th, 2015 at 10:16 am
Iris is a favorite! Ivy, Inez, and Isolde are also on my list, but what, no India?
on August 7th, 2015 at 11:31 am
I dislike Imogen and am so-so about Isla, but the others are lovely!
I particularly like the old-fashioned ones like Ianthe, Iris, Ivy, and the amazing Ida.
I also love Iona, Illyria, and Iolanthe.
on August 7th, 2015 at 11:45 am
LOVE Iris! One of my faves. <3 Ireland is also very pretty.
Other I names I'm partial to:
And for boys, too:
on August 7th, 2015 at 1:23 pm
You are missing Iona and it’s variants, Ione and Ioni, all of which I love.
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on August 7th, 2015 at 2:03 pm
I really like Iris & like Isadora. Other I-names:
on August 7th, 2015 at 4:44 pm
I love, love, love Ida.
Iris is stunning too.
Imogen I like pronounced the British way, but I loathe it being pronounced with a “gene” ending.
on August 7th, 2015 at 5:40 pm
I like Ilayda, Ilara, Ilkim, Ilke, Iklima and Ilya
on August 7th, 2015 at 11:00 pm
All of these names are stunning. My favourite is Ianthe. I think it’s intriguing. One of my favourite ‘I’ names is surely obscure nowdays. It’s Irene, but in French: Irène. Another one I like is Iola, but pronounced “YO-lah”. I love Iona, but even moreso I like Ilona.
For boys, the name Ian has fallen out of favour a bit, but I think it’s a great name that’s underused at the moment.
on August 7th, 2015 at 11:03 pm
I knew I was going to love this feature when I saw the vintage photos! I love all these names! Ida is a great one, and I’ve lately thought Ida Jane makes a nice combo. India is a good place name vintage.
on August 7th, 2015 at 11:07 pm
Forgot about other greats Irene and Indigo. I like Io, too.
on August 8th, 2015 at 10:14 am
Ilse, Inge, Iva, Ina, Ita, Ilaria are other “I” names that have popped into my head. I also love Ioan and Ianto for boys.
on August 8th, 2015 at 9:43 pm
I’m so excited for all the love Iona is getting in the comments! That’s my baby daughter’s name, and I sometimes worry it’s too obscure. I’m glad to know others love it as much as I do!
on August 9th, 2015 at 1:49 pm
Have loved the name Iris since I was a kid.
Other “I” names I like are
on August 9th, 2015 at 5:45 pm
Absolutely LOVE ‘I’ names :
It would be hard to choose one
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on August 13th, 2015 at 6:45 pm
I love Ivy, Isolde, Imogen, Inez (though I prefer Ines), and Ingrid!
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on August 16th, 2015 at 10:48 pm
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on May 22nd, 2016 at 12:09 am
I like Isobel, Ila, India , Ivy , Ira, Ireland and Iris
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