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Unique Baby Names That End in I

Unique Baby Names That End in I

There are plenty of unique names that end in i along with popular i-ending names such as Naomi and Levi. Along with Naomi and Levi, other baby names that end in I in the US Top 1000 include Ari, Bodhi, Giovanni, Kai, Kali, Lorelei, Remi, and Zuri. Unisex names ending in I are trendy right now, including Amari, Azari, Camari, and Sakari.

Today's unique baby names ending in the letter i are a far cry from the Teri and Lori generation of the ‘60s and ‘70s as well as from today's popular Naomi and Levi. Biblical and Hawaiian I-ending baby names now reign supreme, but the unique names ending in I come from a range of cultures.

There are literally hundreds of intriguing I-ending international names out there, just waiting to be discovered. From sweet Scandinavian Astri to handsome Hebrew Zimri, here's a selection of our very favorite unique baby boy and girl names ending in the letter I.

You can also view our full list of Girl Names That End in I and Boy Names That End in I.

MordecaiHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "follower of Marduk"
  • Description:

    Mordecai, although it has a noble heritage, has never caught on in this country, because of its rather weighty image.

LokiHeart

  • Origin:

    Norse mythological name
  • Description:

    Loki is the shape-shifting, gender-bending god of mischief in Norse mythology. Taking several animal forms, from a salmon to a seal to a fly, Loki is alternately friend and foe of the gods.

LumiHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "snow"
  • Description:

    Lumi may be a rare girls' name in the USA and England, but it comes in the Top 50 in Finland, where it means snow. Given the popularity of Winter, Holly, Ivy and many other wintery-christmassy names, we think that short and spunky Lumi definitely has potential for greater usage outside its home country as one of the more unusual names for Christmas babies.

SukiHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "loved one"
  • Description:

    One of the most familiar and usable Asian names.

RumiHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "beauty, flow, lapis lazuli"
  • Description:

    Rumi is a Japanese girls' name that sounds like a couple of other choices more familiar in the West -- Rumer and Remi -- that is achieving notice because of its choice by two celebrities, including Beyonce and Jay-Z.

NikolaiHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian variation of Nicholas
  • Description:

    Russian forms, like Russian supermodels, are hot these days. This is a strong, worldly way to make Nicholas new; it was chosen for his son by Barry Bonds, Jr.

SaraiHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "princess"
  • Description:

    In the Old Testament, God changed Sarai's name to Sara, so this would make a very legitimate variation.

RishiHeart

  • Origin:

    Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "sage"
  • Description:

    In Hindu mythology, the Rishis are sages and seers; in modern times, Rishi Rich is a popular British-born musician and record producer.

DelphiHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek place name
  • Description:

    An interesting unisex possibility, with an air of mystery connected to the Delphic Oracle, the most important oracle in ancient Greece; it was also a major site for the worship of the god Apollo.

BambiHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "baby girl"
  • Description:

    Although Disney's cute deer was a male, Bambi's always been used for girls, but sounds far too flimsy to face the modern world.

KenjiHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "second son"
  • Description:

    One of several Japanese names that refer to a child's place in the family birth order.

UriHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "my flame, my light"
  • Description:

    This short but strong name, commonly heard in Israel, has a lot of crossover potential, and is among the most usable on the minuscule menu of U names.

BenjiHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Benjamin
  • Description:

    Benji is undeniably cute, much in the way of a — yes, an adorable movie mutt. Ben is the handsome traditional short form of Benjamin, but Benji makes a more unexpected nickname

NoriHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "doctrine or seaweed"
  • Description:

    Japanese name that would have no trouble assimilating--though many would associate it with the dried seaweed used to wrap sushi. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West use Nori as a nickname for their daughter North.

MidoriHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "green"
  • Description:

    In Japan, color names symbolize human qualities (in this case, fame); name of gifted violist Midori, but also a Japanese melon liqueur.

OmriHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "my sheaf"
  • Description:

    Old Testament name of a king of Israel, related to the harvest.

ZimriHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "my music, my praise"
  • Description:

    This unusual and spunky biblical name was one of the Kings of Israel as well as one of Judah's grandsons and has a wonderful meaning. We'd like to see Zimri being used more.

AnjaliHeart

  • Origin:

    Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "gift"
  • Description:

    This Indian name meaning gift or offering feels familiar via sound-alikes Angela or Angelina, and made a brief appearance on the U.S. Top 1000. Anjali is a pretty route to a name that's at once easy to understand and uncommon.

EsaiHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish from Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "gift"
  • Description:

    This Hebrew-Latin name, which bristles with electricity, is associated with Esai Morales, who is a junior, carrying on his father's name.

AdlaiHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "God is just"
  • Description:

    Adlai is an Old Testament name long associated with 1950's liberal presidential candidate Stevenson, who was named after his grandfather, who was Grover Cleveland's vice president in the nineteenth century. Now it's an unusual Biblical choice ripe for rediscovery.

CapriHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian place name
  • Description:

    Chosen by the late Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa for their youngest daughter, there is renewed interest in Italian isola name Capri.

YukiHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "snow"
  • Description:

    An appealing Asian name with a nickname feel.

DmitriHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian from Greek Demetrius
  • Description:

    Worldly, artistic and attractive Slavic version of the name of the Greek god of fertility and farming.

AraceliHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "altar of the sky"
  • Description:

    Obscure but intriguing Spanish name. Araceli Segarra is a noted mountain climber.

SuviHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "summer"
  • Description:

    To the non-Scandinavian ear, a cute and unusual nickname name, used by Finnish supermodel Suvi Koponen.

XaviHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Xavier, Basque or Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "new house or bright"
  • Description:

    This nickname is given often enough as a standalone to land it in the Top 1000.

RaviHeart

  • Origin:

    Hindi
  • Meaning:

    "conferring"
  • Description:

    A title of the Hindu sun god, made cross-culturally famous by sitar player Ravi Shankar.

KenaiHeart

  • Origin:

    Native American place name
  • Meaning:

    "flat lands"
  • Description:

    The name of the protagonist of Disney’s Brother Bear also has a geographical connection: the Kenai Peninsula and Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska.

LakshmiHeart

  • Origin:

    Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "a lucky omen"
  • Description:

    Often heard in India, this is the name of the Hindu goddess of abundance, beauty, and prosperity, the embodiment of grace and charm --lucky omens indeed. The goddess Lakshmi is worshiped daily in Hindu homes, and has festivals held in her honor.

EloiHeart

  • Origin:

    French, Catalan and Spanish from the Latin Eligius
  • Meaning:

    "the chosen"
  • Description:

    From the saintly name Eligius, Eloi is popular in Catalonia but rarely used by English speakers. There's potential for confusion with Eli - and with the Aramaic word eloi, said to mean "my God", which appears in the bible.

TulsiHeart

  • Origin:

    Hindi
  • Meaning:

    "basil"
  • Description:

    Tulsi is more than a simple nature name: The holy basil plant is sacred in the Hindu religion, used to honor the god Vishnu and representative of his consort, the goddess Tulsi. The Tulsi plant is often planted in Hindu houses and is used for medicinal as well as ritualistic purposes.

ZariHeart

  • Origin:

    Persian
  • Meaning:

    "golden"
  • Description:

    Shortened form of Zarin / Zareen.

AnahiHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish or Tupi; may also be derivation of Anais.
  • Description:

    This lovely, soft, international name is somewhat popular in the US but is unheard of in England and Wales.

GianniHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian, diminutive of Giovanni, variation of John
  • Meaning:

    "God is gracious"
  • Description:

    Gianni, the Italian equivalent of Johnny, sounds more substantial and fresh. Like many names starting with "Gian", it is on a rising trend (for both boys and girls, though it leans more male). TV star Jill Hennessey's son is named Gianni Mastropietro.

KofiHeart

  • Origin:

    Twi
  • Meaning:

    "born on Friday"
  • Description:

    This Akan day name is very much associated with Kofi Annan, the seventh secretary general of the United Nations. The Akan people of Ghana and the Ivory Coast frequently name their children after the day of the week they were born and the order in which they were born. Most Ghanaians have a name using this system.

VasiliHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "royal, kingly"
  • Description:

    Alternative form of Basil that might suit the adventurous.

YuriHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian variation of George
  • Description:

    Common Russian name familiarized here via cosmonaut Yury Gagarin and a character in Dr. Zhivago, but we don't see it ever gaining permanent resident status.

DenaliHeart

  • Origin:

    Place-name and Native American
  • Meaning:

    "the great one"
  • Description:

    Alaska's Denali National Park is the home of the highest mountain in the US, officially renamed Denali in 2014, endowing the name with a lofty feel. There were 20 boys and 55 girls given the name in 2014.

AuriHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish
  • Description:

    An airy variant of the Finnish name Aura, which derives either from the Greek "aura" (breath; breeze) or from Old Norse "aurr" (earth; clay). It is also sometimes encountered as a short form of Aurora or Aurelia.

NoelaniHeart

ParvatiHeart

  • Origin:

    Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "the daughter of the mountain"
  • Description:

    This Hindu goddess name is very popular in India. The goddess of love, fertility and devotion, representing female force, Parvati is the wife of Shiva and the mother of Ganesh. There is a Harry Potter character named Parvati Patil, a twin sister of Padma..

EleniHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek variation of Helen
  • Description:

    Much more Old World than Elena, very common in Greece.

PariHeart

  • Origin:

    Iranian/Persian
  • Meaning:

    "fairy"
  • Description:

    Simple yet meaningful Iranian name that would make an excellent import to the English-speaking world.

BehatiHeart

  • Origin:

    Afrikaans version of Beatrice
  • Meaning:

    "blessed; she who brings happiness"
  • Description:

    Namibian supermodel Behati Prinsloo, who has walked the runway for every designer from Prada to Versace to Vera Wang, has introduced us to this Afrikaans version of Beate or Beatrice, a rhythmic twist on an international favorite.

VashtiHeart

  • Origin:

    Persian
  • Meaning:

    "lovely"
  • Description:

    This Persian name with an Old Testament pedigree has a warm Sasha-like feel. The Biblical Vashti was a queen who refused her husband's orders to appear naked in front of his party guests and so was deposed in favor of Esther. For her independent spirit, Vashti has become something of a feminist icon.

YaretziHeart

  • Origin:

    Nahuatl, Aztec
  • Meaning:

    "you will always be loved"
  • Description:

    This unusual name from the Nahuatl or Aztec language has one of the best meanings around. It sprang onto the US popularity list in 2006 and made a brief appearance in the Top 300 before sliding down a bit. It's popular in Mexico and with US Americans of Latino or Hispanic heritage, hitting on two big girl name trends in those communities: Ya- beginnings and -i endings.

RhodriHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "wheel, circle"
  • Description:

    Rhodri, the name of an important ninth century Welsh king known as Rhodri the Great, a renowned warrior who was the ancestor of many of the later dynasties of Wales, was revived in modern Wales. Has a nice Rory-like feel.

KairiHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "sea"
  • Description:

    Kairi is the name of the main female character in the popular role-playing video game series, Kingdom Hearts. Voiced by Hayden Panettiere in the main series, Kairi is one of the seven Princesses of the Heart. Kairi entered the US Top 1000 in 2010 and was given to over 400 baby girls in one recent year.

PippiHeart

  • Origin:

    Norse variation of Philippa
  • Meaning:

    "lover of horses"
  • Description:

    Pippi may be cute but isn't very practical. In addition to being forever Pippi Longstocking, there is that variant pee-pee spelling to consider. Try Pippa instead.

SariHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "noble"
  • Description:

    Sari is a cute spin on Sarah, though some may hear it as "sorry," and it is also an item of clothing worn in India. These days many people will also confuse Sari with Suri, the lovely and unsual name of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' much-publicized young daughter.
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