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Quick Facts on Imani

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • African-American
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 483
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Imani

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Imani

Imani means ‘faith’ in Swahili. Swahili is the indigenous language spoken along the east African coast from northern Kenya to northern Mozambique. A variation of the name, Iman, most famously borne by the Mogadishu (Somalia) native supermodel also comes from Arabic meaning the same (i.e., faith). The name was mainly adopted by African-Americans in the English speaking world.

Popularity of the Name Imani

Imani first appeared on the American female name charts in 1990 and very quickly increased over 600 positions on the charts in five short years. As previously mentioned, Imani is a name most popular among African-Americans given its roots in the Swahili language. It also appears to be geographically favored on the eastern seaboard region rather than the west coast or the southern areas of the United States. Today, the beautiful name Imani maintains moderate levels of usage nationwide. We would consider this a “virtue” name just like Hope, Faith and Charity are in the English language. It’s just a more original way to impart one’s hopeful notions upon their baby daughters. Of course we all have faith in the happy future of our children, why not reinforce that through our naming choices? Imani is a gorgeous name with a lovely meaning. We have ‘faith’ in her continued success on the female naming charts!
Popularity of the Girl Name Imani
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Imani

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Imani

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Imani

    Imani We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Imani.

  • Popular Songs on Imani

    Popular Songs on Imani

    Imani - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Imani.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Imani

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Imani

    Imani All Mine (Connie Porter) - In her new novel, Porter returns to the ghettoized world of Buffalo, New York, with the wonderfully affecting story of Tasha, fourteen years old and the unwed mother of a baby girl. Tasha is a remarkable character, a child mothering a child - spunky, sassy, brimming with the hopefulness and frank wisdom of youth despite her circumstances. The name she gives her daughter, Imani, is a sign of her determination and fundamental trust: Imani means faith. "Mama say I'm grown now because I got Imani. She say Imani all mine. I know she all mine, and I like it just like that, not having to share my baby with no one." Narrated in Tasha's street-smart and lyrical voice, Imani All Mine tracks Tasha's progress as she navigates her journey to adulthood in an increasingly violent world. Recommended for ages 13-16.

    Imani and the Flying Africans (Janice Liddell) - On the trip from Detroit to Savannah to see his grandparents and great-grandmother for the first time, an African-American boy hears the story about an amazing event witnessed by his great-great-grandmother when she was a slave. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Imani in the Belly (Chocolate) - Imani's faith helps her save herself and her children from the belly of the King of Beasts. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Imani's Gift At Kwanzaa (Denise Burden-Patmon) - The Kwanzaa celebration begins on December 26 and lasts for seven days. During Kwanzaa, African Americans remember their ancestors and celebrate the values that hold their communities together. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Imani's Heart The Dancing Angel (Abigail Jefferson) - Review unavailable at this time. Recommended for ages unknown.

    Imani's Music (Sheron Williams) - Every once in awhile, Grandfather would tell a story about the land of Used-to-Be. This was how his story began: Used to be a time when there was no music on the planet. Only one tiny creature, a grass-hopper named Imani, was blessed with the gift of music. Imani sang his beautiful songs alone, all the while praying, Please, Ancestors, give music to the world. Answering his prayer, they shook music out of the sky, pouring song on Africa's mountain ranges, on the grasslands, all the way to the shore. But when Imani is swept onto a slave ship and taken across the ocean, he doesn't know where to turn, and music is his only guide. Sheron William's rich story of a grass-hopper's special gift -- complemented by Jude Daly's stunning depictions of Africa and the New World, Heaven and Earth -- is a testament to the universal language of music. Recommended for ages 6-9.

  • Famous People Named Imani

    Famous People Named Imani

    Famous People Named Imani - Imani Coppola (musician); Imani Hakim (actress); Imani (rapper); Imani Lee (boxer, MMA and wrestler)

  • Children of Famous People Named Imani

    Children of Famous People Named Imani

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Imani - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Imani.

  • Historic Figures

    Imani - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Imani - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Imani.

Personality of the Girl Name Imani

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Imani

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