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Unisex Names That Start With I

Unisex Names That Start With I

Unisex names that start with I are an exclusive group which includes a real Nameberry favorite: Indigo. It’s currently given to almost three times as many girls as boys in the US, but with its trendy -o ending and cool-guy nickname Indy, we think that could be set to change.

Fellow unisex I name Indiana is another intriguing way to Indy which is well worth consideration if you love unusual gender-neutral names with pop culture connections.

Browse our entire collection of unisex names that start with I here. You also might be interested in our lists of Girl Names That Start With I, Boy Names That Start With I, or our full list of Baby Names That Start With I.

IdrisHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh; Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "lord; studious"
  • Description:

    A common Welsh name virtually unknown before the emergence of the charismatic Idris Elba, first on The Wire and then depicting Nelson Mandela in the acclaimed film.

    Idris Hawr "the Giant" was a legendary seventh-century Welsh giant and magician who gave his name to a well-known mountain, "Idris's Fort"

    Idris also exists in Arabic, meaning "to learn, study" and is the name of a prophet mentioned twice in the Quran. Idris Shah was a prominent Sufi writer.

IndieHeart

  • Origin:

    Short form of India, Indigo etc
  • Description:

    Indie is an independent-sounding nickname name that is in the Top 100 in Wales. As a diminutive, it's growing in popularity -- along with indie films, indie publishing -- and the reason some parents are choosing names like India and Indigo. The Indie version seems more feminine, while Indy as in Indiana Jones tends toward the boyish.

IsraelHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "he who struggles with God"
  • Description:

    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.

IvoryHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name meaning the hard, white material from the tusks and teeth of animals; can also mean "pale, white"
  • Meaning:

    "pale, white"
  • Description:

    Ivory was last popular a hundred years ago. In 2013, it finally began to regain some momentum in the female rankings, reentering the Top 1000.

ImaniHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic, Swahili
  • Meaning:

    "faith"
  • Description:

    Another strong Arabic name, related to Iman. Imani one is popular throughout the Muslim world but especially East Africa. It was chosen for her daughter by actress Jasmine Guy.