IBARRA (Settlement) Basque, Spanish
Derived from Basque ibar
. This is the name of a few Basque towns.
INDIANA (Political Subdivision) English
Means "land of the Indians"
. This is the name of an American state.
INDO (Country) Japanese
Japanese form of INDIA
. It is usually written in the katakana writing system.
INDUS (River) English, Ancient Roman
From Old Persian Hindus
, which was from Sanskrit सिन्धु (Sindhu)
meaning "body of trembling water, river"
. This is the name of a river in Pakistan and India.
IRAK (Country) German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Hungarian, Polish, Russian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Serbian, Slovak
Form of IRAQ
IRAN (Country) Persian, Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Croatian, Serbian
Derived from Middle Persian Eran
, related to Old Iranian Arya
meaning "Iranian, Aryan"
. This is the name of a country in western Asia, formerly called Persia
in the West.
IRAQ (Country) Arabic, English, Italian, Catalan
From Arabic العراق (al-'Iraq)
, probably derived from the name of the ancient Sumerian/Akkadian city of URUK
. This is the name of a country in the Middle East.
IRVINE (River & Settlement) Scottish
Derived from Old Celtic meaning "green water"
. This is a river and city in North Ayrshire, Scotland.
ISRAEL (Country) English, Biblical
From the name of the Old Testament hero Jacob, who was also called ISRAEL
. This was the name of an ancient kingdom that existed until the 8th century BC. The modern country of Israel is named for it.
ITALY (Country) English
Anglicized form of Italia
, originally applied by the Greeks to the south of the Italian Peninsula. It may have been borrowed from Oscan Víteliú
possibly meaning "land of bulls"
. According to Roman mythology, the region was named for ITALUS
, though in fact it was he who was named for the region.