Ivy Name Meaning & Origin

Ivy

Pronunciation: IY-vee (key)

Origin of the name Ivy:

Taken from the name of the plant, which is an evergreen climbing vine of the ginseng family. The word is derived from the Old English ifig (climber).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Ivy: | Edit

My daughters name is ivy and she is almost 13. We too have never met and ivy that is older than my Ivy.

I chose a variation of Ivy. My daughter's first name is IvyAnne. It sounded more classical to me than the more contemporary Ivy. I wanted something unique, but not off the wall so she would never have to worry about being confused for another Ivy in her class. I grew up with what seemed like mutlitudes of Jennifer's and Christinas and wanted my child to be distinguishable on paper and in person. She is almost 12 years old now and we have never met another Ivy younger than 70!

Especially popular among Asian-American families.

Well my name is Ivy and for me I thought it was weird at first but now I love it because no one else has this name, one girl that I meat had ivyanna. I get called poison ivy all the time but it don't bother me no more, I LIKE ITS MY NAME and that's what my momma named me. Thanks mom

The "poison ivy" associations put a lot of people off.

I chose Ivy for my daughter because of its old-fashioned sound, easy spelling, and similarity to Ava and Olivia. Whenever I introduce her, I get nothing but smiles.

We chose the name Ivy because, like the commenter above, we liked the old-fashioned appeal and easy spelling, and we love the "v" sound. We wanted something unusual but not creative or "weird." She's 2, and so far almost everyone likes it. (My mom worried about the 'poison ivy' possibility, but I figure every name could get you teased somehow.)

I know a girl whose full name is Ivyanna but she goes by Ivy.

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My name is Iris so the perfect name for my daughter was...Ivy.

A friend of mine, Ivy. She has very long hair like Rapunzel. We used to call her Vivi.

I always thought, if I had twin girls born at Christmas, I would call them Holly and Ivy!

When my daughter ivy was younger she had a buddy at school named holly it was so cute.

My name is Ivy, but people call me Kylie

Nicknames for Ivy: | Edit

Ives, Vivi, Vena, V, Vi, Viv, I

Meanings and history of the name Ivy: | Edit

Ivy is a type of plant or vine that grows and crawls.

Famous real-life people named Ivy: | Edit

Ivy Compton-Burnett, English novelist

Ivy in song, story & screen: | Edit

I named my daughter Ivy after hearing the word in the Chris Cornell song "Sunshower".
"Ivy and Bean" is a popular series of books for young readers.
Ivy is a blind girl in the movie "The Village."
"For the Love of Ivy", songs by The Mamas and The Papas, as well as the White Stripes. There is also a film by this name starring Sidney Poitier and Abbey Lincoln.
"Poison Ivy," 1992 film starring Drew Barrymore
Ivy, the older sister in "All Rivers Flow to the Sea", a novel by Alison Mcghee
Ivy Sullivan, character in 90210
Ivy Dickens, character in Gossip Girl
Ivy Daly, a character in the kid's series "From The Files of Madison Finn"
Ivy Slade, character in the Private series by Kate Brian.
1943 song by Al Trace's Silly Symphonists, "Mairzy doats and dozy doats and liddle lamzy divey
A kiddley divey too, wooden shoe?"
1951 song, "Tell me why the stars do shine, tell me why the ivy twines...,"
Illustrated book series "Zelda and Ivy" by Laura McGee Kvasnosky, featuring two sisters.

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