Name Trend: The I’s Have It for Girls

A new trend in girls' names--I is the new hot initial!

For a long time, I has been the silent starting vowel, overshadowed by the more popular A, E and O names. But now we’re seeing I names stepping up, particularly for girls. These range from some revitalized vintage names (Ida, sweet as apple cider) to the classical to the international like Inez and Ingrid. So far there are only two I-girls on the Top 100 list—Isabella and Isabelle—but here are some others that we consider worthy of joining them.


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.

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21 Responses to “Name Trend: The I’s Have It for Girls”

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murp Says:

August 7th, 2015 at 9:17 am

I like
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Chloe14 Says:

August 7th, 2015 at 9:30 am

I have always liked Iris! It’s so pretty, and has a really soft sound to it.

Alvina Says:

August 7th, 2015 at 10:16 am

Iris is a favorite! Ivy, Inez, and Isolde are also on my list, but what, no India?

lesliemarion Says:

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.

eveyalecia Says:

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:

ashbee Says:

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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Bobcat108 Says:

August 7th, 2015 at 2:03 pm

I really like Iris & like Isadora. Other I-names:

Isa (EYE-sah)

maggiemary Says:

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.

elifsu Says:

August 7th, 2015 at 5:40 pm

I like Ilayda, Ilara, Ilkim, Ilke, Iklima and Ilya

anyagreenwich Says:

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.

LuMary Says:

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.

LuMary Says:

August 7th, 2015 at 11:07 pm

Forgot about other greats Irene and Indigo. I like Io, too.

Alvina Says:

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.

blaubebop87 Says:

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!

Collins28 Says:

August 9th, 2015 at 1:49 pm

Have loved the name Iris since I was a kid.
Other “I” names I like are

vito208 Says:

August 9th, 2015 at 5:45 pm

Absolutely LOVE ‘I’ names :


It would be hard to choose one

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August 13th, 2015 at 12:02 am

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SimoneKadele Says:

August 13th, 2015 at 6:45 pm

I love Ivy, Isolde, Imogen, Inez (though I prefer Ines), and Ingrid!

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August 16th, 2015 at 10:48 pm

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briarblossom Says:

May 22nd, 2016 at 12:09 am

I like Isobel, Ila, India , Ivy , Ira, Ireland and Iris

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