Cool Baby Names That Start With I

All vowel names are cool right now, but I-starting names may be the coolest around. There are so many cool baby names that start with I that a parent in search of a name with that initial should have an easy time finding one to love.

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  • Iago

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    Iago, the villain of Shakespeare's Othello, was so treacherously evil that his name has hardly ever been heard offstage. Try the much-more-benign Inigo.Read More 

  • Ian

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    This Scottish form of John was rather late making inroads on our shores--it was already the seventh most popular name in England in 1975. But then... Read More 

  • Ianthe

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    Like Violet, Lavender and Lilac, Ianthe is a purple flower name. Chosen by the poet Shelley for his daughter, Ianthe has a poetic, romantic, almost ethereal quality. In the ancient myth, she was... Read More 

  • Ib

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    Ib, though it sounds insubstantial here, is actually a pretty common name in Denmark.Read More 

  • Ibsen

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    Ibsen is a literary hero name possibility, after the great Norwegian dramatist, Henrik I. The name Ib is a short form of Jacob, so you might consider Ibsen as an honorific for or a twin of a Jacob.Read More 

  • Icarus

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    Icarus, the mythological figure famous for flying too close to the sun, has a couple of negatives: his rash reputation, and those "icky" nicknames. Read More 

  • Ichabod

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    Ichabod, an eccentric Old Testament name, is forever tied to the character of Ichabod Crane -- and worse, the teasing possibilities of "icky bod." Even its original meaning is a negative. Skip... Read More 

  • Ida

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    Many vowel names stylish a century ago are coming back, and Ida seems like a possible, logical successor to Ada and Ava.

    A century ago, Ida was considered "sweet as apple cider," and... Read More 

  • Idra

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    Idra is one of the less obvious botanical names. In ancient times, a fig tree was a symbol of learning, peace, and prosperity. Read More 

  • Ifor

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    Ifor seems to make more sense in its Anglicized version, Ivor. Read More 

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