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Girl Names Starting With I

Isabella and her numerous cousins have been queen of the I names for girls for the past couple decades, but that’s not the only I name worth consideration.

Along with Isabella, girl names starting with I that rank in the US Top 200 include Ivy, Iris, and Isla. Inès is the top I name for girls in France (joined by Inaya, Iris and spelling variant Ines in France’s Top 100), Isa is a Top 50 pick in The Netherlands, while Irene and Iria rank in Spain’s Top 100 baby girl names.

If uncommon I-starting girl names are more your style, Ida is certainly due a comeback, and Nordic favorite Ingrid is also finding new fans in the US today. Even more unique I girl names that we love include intriging international options like Ivalo, Isabeau, Idony and Ianthe.

View our expansive collection of girl names beginning with I here. 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 Girl Names Starting with I

  • Isabella

    Isabella is the Latinate form of Isabel, a variation of Elizabeth which originally derived from the Hebrew name Elisheba. Variations Isabelle and Isabel are also popular, with the Scottish... Read More 

  • Isla

    Isla, the Spanish word for island, is also the name of a Scottish river, an island (spelled Islay), and the red-haired actress Isla Fisher, married to Sacha Baron Cohen. A top girls' name in the... Read More 

  • Ivy

    Ivy is derived from the name of the ivy plant, which got its name from the Old English word ifig. Ancient Greeks presented an ivy wreath to newlyweds as a symbol of fidelity. In the... Read More 

  • Isabelle

    Isabelle is the French variation of Isabel, which emerged in the Middle ages as an Occitan form of Elizabeth. Medieval queens Isabella of Angoulême and Isabella of France helped popularize the... Read More 

  • Iris

    Iris is directly derived from the Greek word iris, meaning “rainbow.” In Greek mythology, Iris was the goddess of the rainbow, a messenger for Zeus and Hera who rode the rainbow as a... Read More 

  • Isabel

    Isabel derived from Elizabeth in southwest Europe during the Middle Ages. It was originally written as Elisabel, but the first syllable was dropped as it spread across the continent. In Spain and... Read More 

  • Izabella

    Parents seeking a way to differentiate their Isabella from all the others could consider this zippier spelling. It does have the jazzy nickname Izzy.Read More 

  • Imani

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

  • Ivanna

    Ivanna / Ivana both come out of the name "John" by way of the Russian variant Ivan. Whereas Joanna feels dated, Ivanna feels cosmopolitan and fresh. Ivanka (of Trump fame) is a diminutive version... Read More 

  • Itzel

    This name, stemming from the Mayan mythological figure of the Rainbow Lady, is a surprising pop hit, primarily among Hispanic parents. Read More