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One explanation I was given was that when a letter was needed to represent current in formulas, C had already been used, and it was decided to use the next unused letter of the alphabet, which was I. However, I prefer the other explanation, which is that in the early days of investigations into electricity, what we now call current was called Intensity, hence the letter I. It should never be confused with Impedence, the symbol for which is Z.

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