The Is of Ukrainian names

Female names:

Ifinoya is the Ukrainian form of Greek name Iphinoe (strong-minded).

Inha is the Ukrainian form of Inga, which was originally a nickname for Scandinavian and Germanic names starting with Ing (an Ancient Germanic god).

Iryna is the Ukrainian and Belarusian form of Irene, which comes from the Greek name Eirene (peace).

Isydora is an archaic form of Isidora, the feminine form of Greek name Isidoros (gift of Isis).

Ivanna is a feminine form of John (God is gracious).

Male names:

Ihor is the Ukrainian form of Igor, which derives from Old Norse name Yngvarr (warrior of the god Ing).

Illya is the Ukrainian form of Elijah, which comes from Hebrew name Eliyahu (my God is YHVH).

Illyan is a variant form of Illya.

Ilyash is an older form of Illya, influenced by the Polish name Eliasz.

Isykhiy is an archaic form of Greek name Hesychios (quiet, still, at rest).


The Is of Medieval Tuscan and Italian names

Male names:

Inghiramo (I) derives from Ancient Germanic roots Ing (a powerful god) and hraban (raven).

Isabello (I) is a male form of Isabella (originally a nickname for Elizabeth, which means “my God is an oath”).

Isambert (I) derives from Old High German and Old Saxon root isarn (iron) and Old High German beraht and Old Saxon berht (bright), ultimately from Proto–German berhtaz.

Isnard (I) derives from roots isarn and Old High German hart and Old Saxon hard (hard, strong).

Female names:

Iaquinta (I) is a feminine form of Hyacinth, via the original Greek Hyakinthos.

Imigla (T) may be a form of Emilia, which derives from Roman surname Aemilius and Latin word aemulus (rival).

Imperia (I) comes from the Latin word imperium (empire, power, rule, authority, command).

Inghilesca (I)

The Is of Estonian names


Ille means “lamb” and “good.”

Ilme means “air.” I have a character by this name.

Ilo means “delight, happiness, joy” and “beauty.” This is the name of a minor goddess of feasts.

Imbi means “maiden, virgin.” The Finnish form is Impi.

Inda means “zeal, enthusiasm.”

Ingel means “angel.”


Ilmar, or Illimar, is the Estonian form of Finnish name Ilmarinen, derived from root ilma (air). Ilmarinen is an immortal smith in Finnish mythology, and one of the main characters of national epic The Kalevala.

Indrek is the Estonian form of Henry (home ruler).

Ingmar is borrowed from the Scandinavian languages, and means “famous Ing.” Ing was an Old Norse god.

Ingvar is borrowed from the Scandinavian languages, and means “Ing’s warrior.”

Innar is borrowed from Russian, a male form of the name Inna, which is of unknown etymology.

Ivar is borrowed from the Scandinavian languages, and means “bow warrior.”

All about Emanuel

U.S. actor Edward G. Robinson, né Emanuel Goldenberg, 1893–1973

Emanuel is the Romanian, Scandinavian, German, Portuguese, English, Czech, Slovak, and Croatian form of the Hebrew Imanuel (God is with us). In the Book of Isaiah, this is foretold as the name of the Messiah. Somewhat surprisingly, the name didn’t become popular in the Anglophone world till the 16th century (with the spellings Emmanuel and Immanuel). In continental Europe, it’s always been far more popular.

The variation Emánuel is Hungarian; Emanuël is Dutch; Emanúel is Icelandic; and Émanuél is Kashubian. I’ve really grown to love this name, not least because it was the birth name of one of my favourite male actors of the sound era!

Other forms include:

1. Emmanuel is French and English. The variation Emmanúel is Icelandic, and Emmanuël is Dutch.

2. Immanuel is German and English. The variation Immanúel is Icelandic, and Immanuël is Dutch.

3. Emmanuil is Russian. One of the nicknames is Emik.

4. Emmanouil is Greek.

5. Emanuil is Bulgarian. This is also a rare Croatian and Romanian variant.

6. Emanoil is Romanian.

7. Imanol is Basque.

8. Manu is Finnish.

9. Emanuele is Italian.

10. Manuel is Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Romanian, German, and English.

Greek aviation pioneer Emmanouil Argyropoulos, 1889–1913

11. Manoel is Brazilian–Portuguese.

12. Manel is Catalan.

13. Emanuels is Latvian.

14. Emaneulu is Samoan.

15. Emanuelis is Lithuanian.

16. Emmanwel is Maltese.

17. Manvel is Armenian.

18. Manyl is Mari, a Uralic language spoken in Russia.

19. Amaniu is Gascon.

20. Ammanuel is Ethiopian.

Russian politician Emmanuil Aleksandrovich Vatatsi, 1856–1920

Female forms:

1. Emanuela is Italian, Romanian, Czech, Slovak, and Croatian; Émanuela is Kashubian; and Emanuéla is Hungarian.

2. Emmanuelle is French.

3. Manoela is Brazilian–Portuguese.

4. Manuela is Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Romanian, German, Galician, Slovenian, and Croatian. The variation Manuéla is Hungarian.

5. Immanuelle is Filipino.

6. Emmanuella is English.

7. Enmanuela is Galician.

8. Emmanuele is French.

9. Emmanuela is a rare Italian and modern Greek form.

10. Emmanouella, or Emmanouela, is Greek.

A name that fathered multitudes

Last known photo of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln alive

Abraham, a name many consider extremely old-fashioned, stodgy, geriatric, and/or religious, has never been quite as unpopular as its image suggests. While it’s never been Top 100 in the U.S. since records began being kept in 1880, it’s never sunk below #499 in 1967 either. Its highest rank to date was #124 in 1911. Abraham is currently on a surprising, gradual up-and-up, ranking at #164 in 2018.

The name is used in English, French, Spanish, Dutch, German, and the Scandinavian languages. The alternate form Ábrahám is Hungarian, and Ábraham is Faroese.. Its original form is the Hebrew Avraham (father of many/multitudes). While it’s long been popular in the Jewish world, it didn’t become common in Christendom till the Protestant Reformation.

Because Avraham and his wife Sarah were the founders of the Jewish nation, all converts’ Hebrew names end in bat/ben Avraham v’Sarah. Since we don’t have Jewish parents, the original parents of our nation become our symbolic parents.

Kurdish writer and politician Ibrahim Ahmad, 1914–2000

Other forms of the name include:

1. Avrum is Yiddish.

2. Aabraham is Finnish.

3. Aapo is another Finnish form.

4. Abram is Russian and Georgian.

5. Abraam is Georgian.

6. Abraão is Portuguese.

7. Ibrahim is Arabic, Albanian, Bosnian, Malaysian, Indonesian, and Dhivehi (a language spoken in the Maldives). The alternate form İbrahim is Azeri and Turkish, and Îbrahîm is Kurdish.

8. Ebrahim is Persian and Arabic.

9. Ibragim is Chechen and Ossetian.

10. Abramo is Italian.

U.S. General Abram Duryée (1815–90), who served in the Union Army in the Civil War

11. Bram is Dutch and English. Like many modern Dutch names, this too began as a nickname.

12. Braam is Limburgish and Dutch.

13. Ebrima is Western African.

14. Ibrahima is also Western African.

15. Brahim is Maghrebi Arabic, a dialect spoken in North Africa.

16. Aaprahami, or Aaprahammi, is Finnish.

17. Abrahán is Spanish.

18. Abraomas is Lithuanian.

19. Abreham is Ethiopian.

20. Âbréhan is Jèrriais.

Israeli soldier Avraham Avigdorov (1929–2012), recipient of the Hero of Israel award (now the Medal of Valour), in 1949

21. Âparâme is Greenlandic.

22. Ápparan is Sami.

23. Avraam is Romanian and modern Greek.

24. Avrom is Yiddish.

25. Brāhēm is Balochi, a language spoken in Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

26. Ebәrham is Abkhaz.

27. Ibraahiim, or Ibraahim, is Somali.

28. Ibrahimu is Hausa, a language spoken in northern Nigeria.

29. Iprakhim is Chuvash.

30. Obran is Mordvin.

Irish writer Bram Stoker (1847–1912), best-known as the author of Dracula

31. Ôbróm is Kashubian.

32. Habraham is a rare Latin American–Spanish and French–African form.

Female forms:

1. Abra is English. This is also the Latin word for “maid.”

2. Avra is Hebrew. I’ve always really liked this name.

3. Abrahamina is Swedish. I’m not a fan of this one!

4. Abrahamine is Norwegian. I don’t like this one either.

5. Abarrane may be an obscure feminine form of Abraham. Its etymology is unknown.