In modern times, new parents love using a unique name for naming their baby. In addition, many of these same parents enjoy choosing names from the Bible. Some names are more common than others, but people world-wide need names for their new babies and what is common to you or me could sound foreign in other parts of the world. As such, I have compiled a list of elegantly beautiful names to choose from. I have included their biblical meaning, location in the Bible, a bit about the real person, and some of my own commentary.
This list contains “I” names. Future lists will explore other letters of the alphabet.
Ibhar means “he elected.” 2 Sam. 5:15. Ibhar was a son born to David after he moved to Jerusalem.
Ibri means “Hebrew.” 1 Chron. 24:27. Ibri was a Levite under King David.
Ichabodmeans “where is the glory?” 1 Sam. 4:21. Ichabod Crane lived in Sleepy Hollow. Oh wait, wrong story. The biblical Ichabod was the son of Phinehas. He was born during troublesome times, as news of his father’s death and the capture of the ark of the covenant overshadowed his birth. Right after birth Ichabod’s mother died as well.
Ikkesh means “perverted, false.” 2 Sam. 23:26. Ikkesh was from Takoa. He was a father to one of David’s 30 heroes.
Immanuel means “God with us.” Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew 1:22-23. Isaiah made a prophecy to King Ahaz of a son to be born with the name Immanuel. This was fulfilled through Jesus’ birth.
Ir means “city, or donkey’s calf.” 1 Chron. 7:12. Ir was a member of the tribe of Benjamin.
Isaac means “laughter.” Gen. 17:17, 21:5. Isaac was born when Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90. After waiting for years, God tested Abraham’s faith by commanding him to sacrifice Isaac. Abraham proved true, but God saved Isaac in the end. Isaac married Rebekah, who bore twin sons, Esau and Jacob.
Isaiah means “Yahweh saves.” Isa. 1:1, 8:3. Isaiah ministered to the southern part of Judah, primarily, but did travel north as well around 740 – 722 B.C. Another book, called The Assumption of Isaiah, explains that according to tradition the prophet was sawn in half at the command of Manasseh around 689 B.C.
Ishhod means “man of vigor and vitality. 1 Chron. 7:18. Ishhod was a member of the tribe of Manasseh, located east of the Jordan River.
Ishmael means “God hears.” Gen. 16:11-12; 21:20. Ishmael was the son of Abraham. His mother was Abraham’s concubine named Hagar. Genesis alludes that Ishmael’s demeanor was contentious and unruly, but that God helped him to become an archer.
Ishpah means “bald head.” 1 Chron. 8:16. Ishpah was a member of the tribe of Benjamin.
Other Biblical Baby Name Articles:
Beginning with A
Beginning with B
Beginning with C
Beginning with D
Beginning with E
Beginning with F
Beginning with Ga
Beginning with G
Beginning with H
Do any of these names strike your fancy? In other words, which is your favorite from this list and why? Or do you know of a different biblical “I” names you would add? Please leave your comments below, and “Share This” with others!
For more info: Holman Illustrated Pocket Bible Dictionary, Holman Bible Publishers, 2004.