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Unique Baby Names Ending in I

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. Biblical and Hawaiian I-ending baby names now reign supreme, with Levi and Eli the most popular boys' names ending in I and Naomi and Leilani leading the charge for the girls.

Along with Naomi and Levi, other baby names ending 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.

There are literally hundreds of intriguing international I-ending 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 I.
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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.

SukiHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "loved one"
  • Description:

    One of the most familiar and usable Asian names.

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.

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.
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KenjiHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "second son"
  • Description:

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

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 exotic.

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.

NikolaiHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian variation of Nicholas
  • Description:

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

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.
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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

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.

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.

HiroshiHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "generous"
  • Description:

    Several artistic Hiroshis make this one of the more plausible Japanese imports.

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.
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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.

OmriHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "my sheaf"
  • Description:

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

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.

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.

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.
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KofiHeart

  • Origin:

    Twi
  • Meaning:

    "born on Friday"
  • Description:

    This Akan day name is very much associated with Ghanan 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 Ghanans have a name using this system.

YukiHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "snow"
  • Description:

    An appealing Asian name with a nickname feel.

DmitriHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian from Greek Demetrius
  • Description:

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

ImaniHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "faith"
  • Description:

    Another strong Arabic name, this one is popular throughout the Muslim world and was chosen for her daughter by actress Jasmine Guy.

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.
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AraceliHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "altar of the sky"
  • Description:

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

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.

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.

SwatiHeart

  • Origin:

    Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "unknown"
  • Description:

    Swati is the Indian name for Arcturus, the third-brightest star in the sky. Actress, comedian and writer Mindy Kaling gave her daughter (born in 2017) the middle name Swati, after her mother.
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RaviHeart

  • Origin:

    Hindi
  • Meaning:

    "conferring"
  • Description:

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

EleriHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "greatly bitter"
  • Description:

    Striking name of a legendary princess and a Welsh river that feels both moody and modern.

GianniHeart

  • Origin:

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

    "God is gracious"
  • Description:

    Gianni, the Italian equivalent of Johnny, sounds more substantial and certainly more exotic. TV star Jill Hennessey's son is named Gianni Mastropietro.

EleniHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek variation of Helen
  • Description:

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

SuviHeart

  • Origin:

    Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "summer"
  • Description:

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

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.

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.

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..

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.
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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.

AnahiHeart

  • Origin:

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

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

MegumiHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "blessing"
  • Description:

    An Asian name not widely known in the West.

VasiliHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "royal, kingly"
  • Description:

    Exotic form of Basil that might suit the adventurous.

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.
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ZariHeart

  • Origin:

    Persian
  • Meaning:

    "golden"
  • Description:

    Shortened form of Zarin / Zareen.

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.

EmaniHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic variation of Iman
  • Description:

    While this spelling is unusual, the I-beginning version is quite popular.

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.
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