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Alphabet Week: I-L

Iskra: a Croatian, Russian and Polish girl name meaning “spark,” it is seeing the light of day in the U.S. thanks to body-positive model Iskra Lawrence. It was also the name of a newspaper founded by Lenin in 1900. The name is still not listed in U.S. statistics.
Ingram: this name came to England from the Normans, and it likely means “Ing’s raven” or comes from the ancient Germanic tribe known as the Angles, combined with hraben, meaning “raven.” Listed in the U.S. starting in 1883, it has always been extremely rare, and was only given to 10 boys in 2017. Gram could make an easy nickname.

Jacoba: everyone seems to love Jacob, but not as much love is given to Jacoba and Jacobina. Jacoba, always rare in the U.S., was used since 1900 and given to 5 girls in 2017. Jacobia was used only in 1991 and 1992, 5 times each, and Jacobina seems to have not been used at all.
Jackdaw: this is a bird name, and one not usually seen among other bird name lists. It is one of few birds able to imitate humans and other birds, and Shakespeare even referenced them. Another name with no record of use in the U.S. This is surprising, because it combines two very popular name elements today - Jack, eternally popular, and daw, found in Dawson.

Kilmeny: another completely unused name, Kilmeny might mean “church owl.” This was the title of a poem by James Hogg and a novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Kimmy or Killy could be nickname options, or Kay.
Kenelm: an Old English name meaning “brave helmet,” this boy name can be found as far back as the 9th century, and there’s an Anglo-Saxon saint by this name to lend more credibility. This name has not been used in the U.S.

Lassarina: an anglicized spelling of Lasairfhiona, meaning “flame and wine,” from the elements lasair and fion. In Irish myth Lasair was one aspect of the Triple Goddess, and there is St. Lasair who was converted from pagan goddess to Christian saint. This gorgeous name comes with the adorable nickname Lassie, or Lina if you prefer, or Lara. It has not been used in the U.S.
Lanval: a hero in a lais by Marie de France, he is a Knight of the Round Table in King Arthur’s court who is rescued by his fairy lover. His name comes from Norman French and means “valiant man.” Lance could work as a nickname, or Val. This name has not been used in the U.S.

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