Hypatia (Greek) - " Woman of learning. Hypatia was the daughter of Theon, the scholar. Her lectures and school at Alexandria became so famous that, to their lasting shame, the monks enticed this beautiful pagan into their church, and there tore her to pieces (415 a.d.). Charles Kingsley's novel deals graphically with her history.
I la [Greek) - " Riches."
Iambe [Greek) - " Laughter."
Ian the [Cretan) - " Changed One."
Iase (Greek) - " Swift-footed."
Ida (Celtic) - " Thirsty."
Idalia (Greek) - " Love." Sometimes spelt Idalie.
Ide (Teutonic) - " Rich one."
Idina - Diminutive of Ida.
Idonea - Another form of Iduna, Idhuna, and Ithuna. Idonea is very uncommon in the North, but found in several Old English pedigrees in the south, Idonea de Camuille, who lived in Henry Ill's reign, being one of the best known bearers of the title; Idonea de Vieuxpont is another. The name is Teutonic, and in this form means "she who always works," or, "she who renovates incessantly," from "idja" - "to work," and " unna " - "love," thus implying one who loves to work.
Idonia (Greek) - "Wood nymph," or "Violet maiden." The origin of this very pretty and uncommon name is somewhat obscure, as it can be derived from two principal sources, and therefore varies in meaning. If taken from " Ide," or " Ida," it signifies " wood nymph," or one belonging to the famous Mount Ida, a beautiful wooded mountain in Crete, where the infant Jupiter was brought up in concealment from the wrath of his father, Saturn. If the name be derived from a corruption of " Ionia," it means " violet maiden," and also signifies "modesty " and " fidelity," of which virtues the violet flower is the symbol. Probably the name comes from the latter source, as the " o " is long, as in " iwuia " (Greek) - " a bed of violets," or else from genitive of I8wv - " wood nymph." A third derivation is from the name of Ionia, a country in Asia Minor, in which case it simply means " an Ionian " or " Greek maiden." Broadly speaking, names ending in is, ia, and e, o, are Greek; in a, an, Latin: while those beginning with Hilda, Mild, A del, or Ethel, and terminating with burg, gard, and rica are Teutonic. The termination ia is a very common Greek one, and in most instances names so ending come from the nominative or vocative of a feminine adjective. For instance, Sophia - " wisdom," is from the Greek " Sophos " - " wise." As names, they are usually place-names, or names of gods and goddesses who were supposed to preside over certain conditions of life or parts of the universe.
Idothea (Greek) - " Restored in mind."
Iduberge (Teutonic) - " A happy protector."
Iduna (Scandinavian) - "Sunshine." According to the old legend, Iduna kept in a box the golden apples which, if eaten from time to time, kept the gods in perpetual youth. Loki, the spirit of evil, once stole the box, but was compelled to restore it; thereupon he retaliated by carrying oft Iduna with her apples. This feat he repeats yearly in the autumn, when the sun dips below the equator, and the world is practically sunless till Iduna escapes or returns in March, bringing back the sunshine.
Idyia (Greek) - " Sea-nymph."
Igrayne - Variant of above.
Ilaira (Greek) - " Happiness."
Ilia (Latin) - " Wood-nymph." Another form of Sylvia, contracted.
Ilione (Greek) - " Ransomed."
Ilithyia (Greek) - " The welcome one."
Ilona (Greek) - "Light." Hungarian form of Helen.
Imagina - German form of Imogen.
Imogen (Old English) - " Last born."
Imogine and Imogene - Variants of above.
Ina (Greek) - " Pure." Contraction of " Agnes."
Inas - Variant of above. Probably Spanish form.
Ines - Spanish form of Agnes. Also " Inesella."
Inez - Portuguese form.
Inachia (Greek) - " Water-maid."
Ingunna (Teutonic) - " Courage and wisdom," or "Ing's maiden."
Ino (Greek) - " Sea-maid."
Inogene (Saxon) - " Fair southerner."
Io (Greek) - " Violet-maid."
Iole (Greek) - " Maid with violets."
Iphianassa (Greek) - "Right-minded" Also "Ruler by might."
Iphias (Greek) - " Well-pleasing one."
Iphigenia (Greek) - " Strong-born." The story of Iphigenia forms one of the most striking of ancient legends. She was the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra. Her father, having unfortunately offended Diana by killing a favourite stag, vowed, in order to appease her, to sacrifice to her the most beautiful thing that should come into his possession the ensuing year. Alas! his little daughter came within that time, but as Agamemnon could not find it in his heart to slay her, he postponed the deed till Iphigenia was a lovely maiden. Ultimately the Trojan war arose, and when the Greek fleet had set sail they became wind-bound, and could proceed no further than Aulis. Calchas, their commander, declared their trouble arose from Agamemnon's refusal to keep his vow, and, in order to obtain a favourable wind and save the honour of his country, the distraught father sent for his daughter, and prepared to sacrifice her. At the very moment she lay bound upon the altar of immolation, however, Diana relented, and snatching Iphigenia from danger, substituted a beautiful hind in her place.
Iphimedia (Greek) - " Faithless."
Iphinoe (Greek) - " A traitress."