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).


Girls’ names ending in O

Girls’ names ending in the letter O seem to be fairly uncommon in much of the world, across most languages. However, there are still more than a few names falling into this category.

The obvious, probably best-known exception is Japanese, which has a plethora of female names ending in O. For the sake of brevity and spotlighting a wider variety of names, none of them will be featured here. It’s similar to the reason I deliberately excluded Polish names ending in SZ and Hebrew names ending in TZ when I did my post about names ending in Z, since they’re so common they would’ve overwhelmed the list.

Aino (Finnish) means “the only one.”

Callisto/Kallisto (Greek) means “most beautiful.” This was the name of a nymph whom Zeus seduced, and who was later turned into a bear by Hera. She ultimately became the Big Dipper (Ursa Major) constellation.

Calypso/Kalypso (Greek) probably means “she who conceals.” This was the name of another nymph, who detained Odysseus on her island for seven years.

Cielo (Spanish) means “sky.”

Cleo (English), Cléo (French) is a short form of Cleopatra/Cléopâtre.

Clio (Italian) is the Latinate form of Kleio, a Greek name meaning “glory.”

Consuelo (Spanish) means “consolation.”

Dido is of possibly Phoenician origin, and unknown etymology. This was the name of the legendary Queen of Carthage, who married Aeneas while he was on his way to Rome.

Echo (Greek) is the source of the word “echo,” and the name of a nymph who could only repeat what other people said. Then she fell in unrequited love with Narcissus and wasted away until only her voice remained.

Hero (Greek) was the lover of Leander, who drownt while swimming across the river to see her one night. For obvious reasons, I wouldn’t recommend this as a first name in an Anglophone country.

Ildikó (Hungarian) may be a form of Hilda (battle).

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

Indigo (English), the name of a purplish-blue colour, derives from the Greek word indikon (India, from India).

Ino (Greek) means “white goddess.” This was the name of a Theban queen and the aunt of Dionysus, whom she raised after her sister Semele’s untimely death during pregnancy.

Io (Greek) possibly means “moon.” She was yet another of Zeus’s conquests and punished by Hera, who turned her into a cow. Eventually she was changed back into a human.

Juno (Latin) may mean “youth,” from an Indo–European root, or may be of Etruscan origin. This was the Roman name for Hera.

Leelo (Estonian) means “folk song.”

Lilo (Hawaiian) means “generous.”

Lucero (Latin American Spanish) means “luminary.”

Nino (Georgian, Armenian) is possibly a feminine form of the Greek name Ninos, which probably derives from the Assyrian city Nineveh and thus may be related to the Akkadian root nunu (fish). Despite the very similar spellings, it’s unrelated to Nina.

Rocío (Spanish) means “dew.”

Rosario (Spanish) means “rosary.”

Socorro (Spanish) means “succour, help, relief.”

Are there any other names you’d add to the list?

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.