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.
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.
Description:One of the most familiar and usable Asian names.
Origin:Short form of Esther or Estelle, Persian
Description:Esti is most commonly a short form of Esther and Estelle, both making the big move from old lady name to cool young name. It's also a popular short form of the Basque names Estitxu and Estibalitz. In French Canada, it's an untranslatable swear word.
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.
Meaning:"follower of Lakshmi"
Description:This beautiful girl name is a popular choice in India. It is connected to Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of luck and prosperity. Lakshmi is composed of the elements sā, referring to Lakshmi, and anvi, meaning "follow."
Origin:Russian variation of Nicholas
Meaning:"people of victory"
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. Nikolai also comes with several attractive nickname options, including approachable Nik, spunky Niko, or even hip Kai. A traditional nickname for Nikolai in Russia is Kolya.
Origin:Diminutive of Bambina, Italian
Meaning:"child; baby girl"
Description:Although Disney's cute deer was a male, Bambi has always been used for girls. It first appeared on the charts in 1943, the year after the Disney movie was released. Bambi featured in the Top 1000 from 1954-1964 — a decade where girl names ending in I, like Lori and Teri, were big — and again from 1977-1982.
Origin:Spanish from Hebrew
Description:This Hebrew-Latin name, which bristles with electricity, is associated with Esai Morales, who is a junior, carrying on his father's name.
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, and we think it has potential — "traveling lite" names, or 2 syllable names ending in -i, such as Zuri, Ezri, and Rafi are red-hot right now.
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.
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
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.
Description:A title of the Hindu sun god, made cross-culturally famous by sitar player Ravi Shankar.
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.
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.
Description:In the Old Testament, God changed Sarai's name to Sara, so this would make a clever and legitimate honor name for an ancestral Sarah. Sarahi is another pretty variation to make the connection even more clear.
Origin:Native American place name
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.
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.
Description:One of several Japanese names that refer to a child's place in the family birth order. Kenji has attracted notice in the US as the name of The Food Lab chef, James Kenji López-Alt, know simply as Kenji.
Meaning:"altar of the sky"
Description:Obscure but intriguing Spanish name. Araceli Segarra is a noted mountain climber.