Surnames Starting with I

I Korean
Variant of LEE (2).
IBÁÑEZ Spanish
Means "son of IBÁN".
IBARRA Basque, Spanish
From Basque place names derived from ibar meaning "meadow".
IBBOT English
Variant of IBBOTT.
IBBOTT English
Matronymic surname derived from the medieval name Ibota, a diminutive of ISABEL.
IBSEN Danish
Means "son of IB". A famous bearer was the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906).
IDOWU Western African, Yoruba
From the given name IDOWU.
From Spanish iglesia meaning "church", from Latin ecclesia (of Greek origin).
IGNÁCZ Hungarian
Derived from the given name IGNÁC.
Means "son of IGNATIY".
IGNATOV Bulgarian, Russian
Means "son of IGNAT".
IHEJIRIKA Western African, Igbo
Means "the one that I have is greater" in Igbo.
IKEDA Japanese
From Japanese (ike) meaning "pool, pond" and (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
IKIN English
Derived from a diminutive of the medieval given name IDA.
ILBERT English
Derived from a Norman French form of the Germanic given name HILDIBERHT.
ILIĆ Serbian, Croatian
Means "son of ILIJA".
ILIESCU Romanian
Means "son of ILIE".
ILIEV Bulgarian
Means "son of ILIYA".
ILLÉS Hungarian
Derived from the given name ILLÉS.
ILVES Estonian
Means "lynx" in Estonian.
IM Korean
From Sino-Korean (im) meaning "forest", making it the Korean form of LIN, or (im) of uncertain meaning, making it the Korean form of REN.
INABA Japanese
From Japanese (ina) meaning "rice plant" and (ha) meaning "leaf".
From the name of the town of Ingersleben, Germany, which meant "Inge's village".
Means "son of INGE".
INGHAM English
From the name of an English town, of Old English origin meaning "INGA's homestead".
INGRAM English
Derived from the Norman French given name ENGUERRAND.
Means "son of ÍÑIGO" in Spanish.
INNES (1) Scottish
From a place name derived from Gaelic inis meaning "island".
INNES (2) Scottish
From the given name AONGHUS.
From a nickname meaning "innocent" in Italian.
INOUE Japanese
Means "above the well", from Japanese (i) meaning "well, mine shaft, pit", an unwritten possessive marker (no), and (ue) meaning "above, top, upper".
Means "son of IOANNIS" in Greek.
IONESCO Romanian
Variant of IONESCU. French-Romanian playwright Eugène Ionesco (1909-1994), born Ionescu, is a famous bearer of this surname.
IONESCU Romanian
Means "son of ION (1)" in Romanian.
From the name of the Jordan river, which is from Hebrew יָרַד (yarad) meaning "descend" or "flow down".
IRVIN English
Variant of IRVING or IRWIN.
IRVING Scottish, English
Originally derived from a Scottish place name (in North Ayrshire) meaning "green water".
IRWIN English
Derived from the Old English given name EOFORWINE.
Means "son of ISAAC".
ISAEV Russian
Means "son of ISAY".
ISAKSEN Norwegian, Danish
Means "son of ISAK".
Means "son of ISAK".
ISHIDA Japanese
From Japanese (ishi) meaning "stone" and (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
From Japanese (ishi) meaning "stone" and (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
ITO Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 伊藤 (see ITŌ).
ITŌ Japanese
From Japanese (i) meaning "this" and () meaning "wisteria". The final character may indicate a connection to the Fujiwara clan.
ITOU Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 伊藤 (see ITŌ).
Means "by the fountain" in Basque, from iturri "fountain, spring".
IVANKOV Bulgarian
Patronymic derived from a diminutive of IVAN.
IVANOŬ Belarusian
Alternate transcription of Belarusian Іваноў (see IVANOW).
IVANOVIĆ Croatian, Serbian
Means "son of IVAN".
IVANOVSKI Macedonian
Means "son of IVAN".
IVANOW Belarusian
Means "son of IVAN".
Means "son of IVAR".
IVERS English, Irish
Patronymic derived from the given name IVOR.
IVERSEN Norwegian, Danish
Means "son of IVER".
IVOV Bulgarian
Means "son of IVO (2)".
IWATA Japanese
From Japanese (iwa) meaning "cliff, rocks" and (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
IYER Tamil
Referred to a person belonging to the Iyer subcaste of the larger Brahmin caste. The Iyer subcaste is traditionally devoted to the God Vishnu.
IZUMI Japanese
From Japanese (izumi) meaning "spring, fountain".