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4 Letter Girl Names Starting with I

4 Letter Girl Names Starting with I
Model Coco Rocha has set a narrow rubric for her children’s names — four-letter names starting with I. She is mother to Ioni and Iver and expecting her third child, a daughter, later in 2020. With such strict limitations, are there any good girl name options left?

You bet there are! It helps that I is such a versatile first initial. It can imitate the Y sound, as in Iana and Iara; long E, as in Inoa and Izar; or sound like "eye," as in Iola and Ioni. The variety of sounds makes an I-starting sibset well-matched, but not overly so.

The only four-letter girl names beginning with I in the US Top 1000 are trendy choices Isla and Iris — but you won’t find those on this list. Here we’ve curated our favorite unique four-letter girl names starting with I. Perfect for Coco Rocha’s baby — or maybe yours.

InesHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian, Portuguese, Slovene and Croatian variation of Agnes
  • Meaning:

    "pure, virginal"
  • Description:

    This form of Agnes, Ines has always been popular since the true story of the thwarted lovers Queen Ines of Castro and King Peter of Portugal. This has to be one of the most heartbreaking and bloody true romances in history!

IoneHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek, a violet-colored stone
  • Description:

    This unusual Greek flower and color name has gained considerable recent attention via actress Ione Skye, who is the daughter of sixties folksinger Donovan.

InezHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish variation of Agnes
  • Meaning:

    "pure, virginal"
  • Description:

    Also spelled Ines, this name of the prudish mother of Don Juan in the Byron poem has a touch of mystery, but has also been fully integrated into the American name pool.

IonaHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish place-name
  • Description:

    This name of a small island off the coast of Scotland is trending upwards along with other I names.

IrieHeart

  • Origin:

    Jamaican
  • Meaning:

    "positive and powerful"
  • Description:

    A name used in the Caribbean, taken from the Rastafarian term that translates best to "positive and powerful." Rastas often greet each other by saying, "Are you feeling Irie today?"

IndiHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Indie, English
  • Meaning:

    "independent"
  • Description:

    A true maverick of a girls' name — even more so with this spelling, the least common between Indie, Indy, and Indi.

IndyHeart

  • Origin:

    Short form of Indiana
  • Description:

    The heroic movie figure Indiana Jones was often called Indy, as in the equally testosterone-laden Indy 500 car race. Indie, as in indie films, is the more girlish version of the name, sometimes short for India or Indigo.

IzzyHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Isabel and Isabella
  • Description:

    The longer Isabella stays in the Top 10—and it's been there for more than a decade—the more we hear the nickname Izzy (especially if we watch Grey's Anatomy). it's just a matter of time before it stands on its own, as it has as a first name for the daughter of Eddie Murphy and Paige Butcher.

IlseHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch variation of Ilsa
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    Pronounced with two syllables, as if spelled Ilsa, Ilse is popular in The Netherlands and may rise here with cousin Elsa.

IliaHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Iliana, Greek
  • Meaning:

    "from Illium or Troy"
  • Description:

    Three syllables in only four letters is quite a feat, but that's exactly what you get with Ilia, a more delicate version of Iliana.

IlsaHeart

  • Origin:

    German variation of Elizabeth
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    Ilsa is remembered as the radiant but tragic heroine of "Casablanca," and it's having something of a European resurgence.

IolaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek or Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "violet; beautiful lady"
  • Description:

    Isla is hot, Iona is cool – maybe it's time Iola got a second look? Last heard from on Carol Burnett's Mama's Family show, Iola feels like just the sort of uncommon, vowel-rich, vintage name that should be ripe for rediscovery.

IssaHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Isa, German
  • Meaning:

    "strong-willed"
  • Description:

    Issa might make more sense if you're using it as a nickname for any one of the various names ending in -issa, but this spelling is also an Arabic and Hebrew boy name. The Isa spelling is almost exclusively feminine.

ImanHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "faith"
  • Description:

    One of the best-known African names in the Western World because of the Somali-born model and wife of the late David Bowie.

IanaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin, Slavic variation of Jane
  • Meaning:

    "God is gracious"
  • Description:

    In Roman mythology, Iana was an epithet of Diana, goddess of the moon.

IshiHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "stone"
  • Description:

    Connotes a strong, solid character.

IriaHeart

  • Origin:

    Portuguese variation of Eirene
  • Meaning:

    "peace"
  • Description:

    Iria is a diminutive version of Eirene / Irene and is therefore associated with the Greek goddess of peace.

IveyHeart

  • Origin:

    Surname name, variation of Ivy
  • Meaning:

    "son of Ive; person from Ivoy; ivy plant"
  • Description:

    Ivey can be considered an alternate spelling of the botanical name Ivy, but it also has separate origins as a surname. For the Anglo-Saxon Ivey line, Ivey means "son of Ive," while for the English-Norman Iveys, it means "person from Ivoy," a commune in the Cher department of France.

ImmyHeart

  • Origin:

    Celtic
  • Meaning:

    "maiden"
  • Description:

    Diminutive of Imogen, rarely given as a standalone even in the UK, where Imogen is a Top 50 pick.

InduHeart

  • Origin:

    Hindi
  • Meaning:

    "moon"
  • Description:

    Indu is truly unusual, but shares sounds with more popular choices like India and Indigo. Other moon names to consider: Luna, Serena, Io.