Imani - Meaning of Imani
What does Imani mean?
[ 3 syll. i-ma-ni, im-ani ] The baby girl name Imani is also used as a boy name, though it is far more popular for girls. It is pronounced iy-MAA-Niy- †. Imani has its origins in the Arabic and African-Swahili languages. It is used largely in Swahili and English. African-Swahili origin, English and Swahili use: It is derived literally from the word imani which is of the meaning 'belief, faith'.
In addition, Imani is a form (Swahili) of the Arabic Iman.
Forms of Imani include the name Amani, the French Imane, the name Imanee, the name Imania, the English Imanie, the name Imany, and the name Mani.
See also the related categories, swahili, english, faith (church), and arabic.
Imani is rather popular as a baby girl name. The name increased in popularity from the 1980s up to the 1990s; prior to that, it was of only very light use. At the modest peak of its usage in 1998, 0.063% of baby girls were named Imani. It was #253 in rank then. The baby name has experienced a drop in frequency since then. In 2018, it ranked at #515 with a usage of 0.033%, but it was nevertheless the most popular out of all girl names in its family. Imani was used 64% more than the next ranked name, Amani, in 2018. Imani has primarily been a baby girl name in the last century.
Baby names that sound like Imani include Iana, Imanie, Imara, Imonee, Imoni, Inaya, Inia, Inoa, Iyana, Iyanna, Linnea, Yue Yan, Iunia, Ioane, Im, Ima, Imaen, Imaene, Imah, and Imain.
† Pronunciation for Imani: IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; M as in "me (M.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"
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