Girl Names Beginning with Is

Check these names out if you want the nickname Izzy without the overused Isabella or Isabelle.
  1. Isa
    • Origin:

      German
    • Meaning:

      "strong-willed"
    • Description:

      Isa is a name unto itself but might also be a short form of Isabel or Isadora. With the new popularity of Isabel and Isabella and even Bella, Isa may become more familiar.
  2. Isabeau
    • Origin:

      French variation of Isabel
    • Meaning:

      "pledged to God"
    • Description:

      With Isabel getting so popular, parents are searching for new varieties of the name, and Isabeau is one that makes a lovely French twist.
  3. Isaline
    • Origin:

      French variation of Isabelle
    • Description:

      A trendy name in France, sometimes also spelled Ysaline, that's related to both Isabelle and Iseult. To the American ear, it freshens up Isabelle without really improving on it.
  4. Isannah
    • Origin:

      Origin and meaning unknown
    • Description:

      A name that seems to be a combination of Isabel and Susannah, used in the United States in the 18th and 19th centuries, most notably for a daughter of Paul Revere. Isannah was also a character in the 1943 Revolutionary War novel Johnny Tremain. An unusual old choice with modern possibilities.
  5. Iseult
    • Ishtar
      • Origin:

        Mesopotamian
      • Description:

        The mother goddess Ishtar (also called, or identified with, Ashtoreth, Ashtoret, Astarte and Inanna) was worshipped by the Assyrians and Babylonians as the goddess of love, war, justice and fertility. While the original meaning is unknown, the name possibly derives from "Attar" meaning the morning star. She has been equated with the Greek Aphrodite.
    • Isla
      • Origin:

        Scottish place-name or Spanish
      • Meaning:

        "island"
      • Description:

        Isla is a hit name throughout the English-speaking world but hasn't found the same popularity in other western countries, perhaps because its spelling and pronunciation don't make sense for those whose native language is not English. Think island without the final two letters.
    • Ismay
      • Origin:

        Possible variation of Esme
      • Meaning:

        "esteemed, beloved"
      • Description:

        The rise of the the various Isabel names may give a boost to this variation, which has a sunny, springtime feel.
    • Ismene
      • Origin:

        Greek
      • Meaning:

        "knowledgeable"
      • Description:

        Sister of Antigone and daughter of Oedipus in Greek mythology, Ismene's name is unlikely to make it in modern times because of its teasability factor. Ismay or Esme would be better bets.
    • Ismerie
      • Origin:

        French
      • Description:

        This French form of the name Ismeria is one of those uncommon names that's been consistently used in France since the middle ages.The origins of this rare name are shrouded in mystery. Ismeria / Ismérie is an obscure figure in European Christian legend, sometimes purported to be the great-aunt of Jesus Christ, who is connected to the devotion of the Black Madonna.
    • Isolde
      • Origin:

        Welsh, German
      • Meaning:

        "ice ruler"
      • Description:

        Now that Tristan has been rediscovered, maybe it's time for his fabled lover in the Arthurian romances and Wagnerian opera, a beautiful Irish princess, to be brought back into the light as well.
    • Isadela
      • Isaria
        • Islene