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African Names Starting with I

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The meaning of Ifama is 'everything will be alright'. It is pronounced as 'eh-fama' and the name originated from Africa. It is traditionally used to name baby girls. It can be used as a middle name or a surname too.

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African

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The meaning of Iggi is 'one and only son'. It is pronounced as Ig-gi. It is taken from the names Ignacio and Ignatius, which are believed to have originated from the Latin or Etruscan regions. The meaning of the name Ignatius is 'fiery' or 'fiesty'. There are several saints named Ignatius and whilst is was an ancient name, it was extremely common, and is still in use today. The protaganist in John Kennedy Toole's 'A Confederacy of Dunces' was famously called Ignatius. The book is considered to be a cult classic and won the Pultizer Prize for Fiction in 1981.

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African

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The meaning of Ilo is “ray of sunshine” or “joyful”, and it originated from Africa, where it is most popular in Nigeria. There is also an Estonian goddesses called Ilo, who was responsible for feasts and bringing joy. It is pronounced phonetically, as eye-lo.

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African

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African

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Iniko is a name with African origins. The meaning of Iniko is 'somebody who is born during tough or troubled times'. It is pronounced as In-eco. Though it is traditionally given to boys, the name can be unisex.

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African

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The meaning of Isoke is 'most generous gift from the god' or 'a wish that came true'. There are several pronunciations of the name Isoke, the most common is I-sok and another is Is-o-k. This name is generally given to baby girls who have been born after a family praying for many years to have a child. The name is given as way to say thank-you and to praise God for giving the family the child.

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Issay is a name with Japanese origins. In Japan, it is spelt 'Issey' and the meaning of Issey is 'first-born'. In Europe, however, it is seen more an alternate version of the girls' name 'Issy'. Issy is a name with Hebrew roots, which is taken from the name 'Yisrael', meaning 'God's promise' or 'he who struggles for God'. Typically, it is a name chosen to show devotion to God.

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