Dog Names that Start with I

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Introduction

Choosing a dog name is serious business. A name can reflect the animal, or it can misrepresent him or her. It can serve as nothing more than a method to call the dog to you, or it can be more unique and expressive of personality. Ultimately, it's best not to rush the process, but instead, to trust that the right name will come in time. It's perfectly acceptable to go a few weeks without a proper name. After all, you can't rush perfection. Here are a few dog name ideas that focus on the letter "I." They may be enough to get some ideas! 

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Dog names carry much more weight than we think upon first thought. They can focus on your dog's behavior, their personality, their likes and dislikes, or even their favorite food. Some people even name their dogs after the sounds of their barks, with tougher sounding names for the deep, throaty barks, and gentler names for the tiny pups. This is good news. It means that you can use anything about your dog as inspiration. Sounds, preferences or appearance all can play a part.  

Speaking of appearance, this is a huge source of inspiration. Big dogs can be named "bigger" names, names that reflect their height or weight. "Biggins", "Incredible", or "Boulder" are names that would be ironic, or even hilarious for a smaller dog, but would seem normal for a bigger breed. If the dog is particularly furry, you could play off that to find a name that suits him. After all, although all dogs have attractive coats, not many have excessively furry ones. Using that as inspiration may result in a name selection few other dogs have. It's great if you're looking for a really original name! Whatever the case is with your dog, remember to give yourself some time to find the right name. There's no rush! 

Male Dog Names that Start With I

Votes Name Vote
7
Italo
If you love Italy
7
Ihsan
For a less common name that means "perfection"
7
Ike
Short for "Mike"
6
Ihor
Pronounced "ee-or," like the donkey
4
Idris
Welsh for "ardent lord"
4
Indiana
Perfect if you live, or adopted him, in Indiana
4
Ivan
A Russian name
3
Isaac
A religious name and ideal for a dog who likes to act dignified
3
Isley
Meaning "hazel wood"
3
Iman
A Muslim name that means "faith, belief"
2
Iker
Meaning "visitation", another less common name
2
Irwin
Northern Irish, Scottish and English
2
Isaiah
Another religious name, meaning "God is salvation"
2
Indigo
Ideal if you have a dark-colored dog
0
Irl
Derived from "Earl" or "nobleman"
0
Icarus
Unknown meaning, a name from Greece
-1
Ismael
Means "God listens", another religious name
-1
Innes
Based from the Scottish Gaelic name Aonghas, or Angus
-1
Icky
If he's always getting into dirt, tomato sauce, or anything else he shouldn't
-1
Indonesia
If you're looking for an exotic name
-1
Ichabod
Like Ichabod Crane, from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
-1
Ian
The English version of the name "John", of Scottish Gaelic origin
-2
Isak
Alternative spelling to Isaac
-2
Iden
A little androgynous, this is a Celtic name
-3
Iraj
A Persian name, ideal for an elegant pooch
-3
Irnes
Old and of Norse origin, means "protected, peaceful headland"
-3
Ioan
An interesting dog name, meaning "God's gift"
-3
Ion
Meaning "Son of Apollo"
-3
Igor
For those who love the classic monster movies
-3
Infinity
If you love him to infinity and beyond

Female Dog Names that Start With I

Votes Name Vote
7
Ionia
An ancient region of what is now present-day Turkey
7
Israel
A great name if you are from Israel
6
Inna
A Russian name
5
Ireland
Especially good if your dog was adopted in Ireland, or if you live there
5
Irelee
Latin for "golden"
5
Illiana
For the girly doggy
4
Isy
An uncommon name for both girls and boys
4
Iciar
Meaning "old stone"
3
Ieva
Pronounced "Eva"
3
Ibiza
Sea off the coast of Valencia, Spain
3
Idolina
This original name means "idol, likeness"
3
Isla
Means "island" in Spanish
3
Indie
If that's her favorite music
2
Iolanda
Spanish in origin
1
Isadore
A name of Greek origin
1
Isa
An androgynous name of Arabic origin
0
Isabelle
Another girly name, Hebrew in origin
0
Imagine
If you love John Lennon
-1
Imari
An uncommon name meaning "faithful"
-1
Indy
Alternative spelling for "Indie"
-1
Isolina
"Deep sea, rough sea, current"
-1
Ivory
Perfect if you have a white dog
-1
Ivana
A name of Slavic origin
-1
Independence
For the strong, independent doggy
-1
Imani
African-American in origin
-2
Ida
A name found in basically most cultures, so it takes on different meanings
-2
Icy
Good name for a white dog
-2
Ianna
It means "God is forgiving"
-2
Idra
Means "fig tree"
-3
India
For some exotic flair

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