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Boy Names Starting With I

Boy names starting with I are led on the popularity charts by the Biblical Isaac. Along with Isaac, boy names starting with I in the US Top 100 are Isaiah and Ian.

But with I one of the hottest initials for rising stars on the girls' side — hello Isla, Ivy and Iris! — expect to see I-starting names for boys following suit soon. As ever, Nameberry visitors are ahead of the curve: Stylish I names for boys which rank in the Nameberry Top 1000 but which are yet to break onto the offical list include Icarus, Inigo, Ivo and Idris.

Here, our full menu of boy names beginning with I. The top names below rank among the current US Top 1000 Baby Names and are ordered by popularity. Unique names rank below the Top 1000 and are listed alphabetically.

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Top Boy Names Starting with I

  • Isaac

    Isaac evolved from the name Yitzchaq, derived from the Hebrew word tzachaq, meaning “to laugh.” In the Old Testament, Isaac was the long-awaited son of the elderly Sarah and 100-year-old... Read More 

  • Isaiah

    Isaiah derives from the Hebrew Yesha’yahu, containing the elements yasha’, meaning “to save,” and yah, in reference to the Hebrew god. The biblical Isaiah, son of Amos, was the... Read More 

  • Ian

    Ian is Scottish form of John, derived from the Hebrew name Yohanan. It is an Anglicization of the Scottish Gaelic Iain, which is also a viable spelling. Ian was introduced to Americans by Ian... Read More 

  • Ivan

    Though some might find it a bit heavy-booted, Ivan is one of the few Russian boys' names to become fully accepted into the American naming pool.

    Ivan is, of course, ubiquitous in... Read More 

  • Israel

    Though it was used by the Puritans in the sixteenth century, the founding of the modern Jewish state in 1948 transformed Israel from a traditional favorite into an icon of Judaism.

    In... Read More 

  • Iker

    Long an extremely popular name in Spain, Iker (usually pronounced EE-kuhr in the English speaking world) is the rare Basque name that's starting... Read More 

  • Ismael

    Spanish rendition of Ishmael high on the Latino hit parade. Read More 

  • Ibrahim

    Well used by Muslim parents in America as well as in the Middle East, the name has been climbing the charts since debuting in the Top 1000 in 1990. For some it may be connected to soccer megastar... Read More 

  • Isaias

    Widely used in the Hispanic community, as is the shorter Isai. While the original Isaiah and cousin Isaac are much more popular, Isaias commanded attention as the name of a storm in the summer of... Read More 

  • Izaiah

    After breaking into the Top 400 in 2011, this name has lost ground. Read More