Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Ivy

The name Ivy comes from the English vocabulary word signifying the evergreen clinging, climbing or ground-creeping vine of the same name. Ivy comes from the Olde English word “īfig” (from the Germanic “Efeu”) which has no known meaning. Some believe it means ‘climber’ given the description of the plant. Not surprisingly, this interweaving, growing plant is the symbol of friendship in Celtic tradition. The ivy plant forms long-lasting connections and can withstand harsh environments which lends itself nicely to the bonds we form in friendship despite any challenges. Even when you cut back ivy, it will continue to grow forward, also an emblem of our determination to survive and thrive. The Druids (a priestly class of the Celtics) would create head adornments with the ivy vines, believing it would bring clarity and vibrancy of thought to their consciousness. Ivy /Ivey also developed as a surname in England. The feminine forename Ivy became popularized in the late 19th century when naming girls after flowers, trees and plants came into high fashion. Today, Ivy is a particularly popular name in Australia where it is ranked in the Top 40. Ivy could also be considered a nickname for Ivanna.

All About the Baby Name – Ivy

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME IVY

The Number 2 personality in numerology is all about cooperation and balance. It's the number of diplomats and mediators. They are not leaders, but strive rather for harmony in partnerships. These are the peacemakers. Equality and fairness are important in their dealings, and they are willing to share power and responsibility to achieve a harmonious outcome. This personality is calm and patient, waiting for things to evolve instead of pushing aggressively for an outcome. They are good-natured and easy-going, and care deeply on an emotional and spiritual plane. Twos appreciate beauty and nature and are intent on making the world a better place.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME IVY

Ivy was a moderately popular name in America at the turn of the 20th century but soon after began a slow decline down the charts. The low-point of Ivy’s popularity came in the 1940s when she almost fell off the female naming charts altogether. Fortunately, this name started to reverse her course back up the charts. Ivy is now enjoying a similar level of popularity she experienced over 100 years ago. Ivy is a name with vitality and energy that American parents are taking a second look at today. It’s simple and straight forward but associated with strength and fortitude, along with friendship. An under-appreciated plant, we’re glad to see this offbeat name make a bit of a comeback. And we dare say, there’s a dose of “bad girl” in Ivy we can’t help but to admire. Thanks in part to the 1947 Joan Fontaine movie “Ivy” or the 1992 Drew Barrymore thriller “Poison Ivy”. Ivy is a name that’s ‘climbing’ back into our hearts.

Quick Facts

ON IVY

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

152

PRONUNCIATION:

EYE-vee

SIMPLE MEANING:

Climber, symbol of friendship

Characteristics

OF IVY

Cooperative

Considerate

Compassionate

Nurturing

Sensitive

Patient

Loving

Kind

Gracious

Balanced

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Ivy

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME IVY

Ivy Lexton is the title character in Marie Belloc Lowndes’ novel “The Story of Ivy” made famous in a 1947 Joan Fontaine movie simply titled “Ivy”. Quite simple, Ivy is the epitome of the woman we love to hate, or else hate to love. This bad girl has high aspirations and will stop at nothing to satiate her desires for the things she craves: beautiful clothes, finely appointed accommodations and money. This gorgeous woman has all the men swooning at her feet as she seeks to destroy each and every one of them to attain her goals. She uses her beauty and winning personality to disguise her black heart – will she win in the end? No spoil-alerts here. But rest-assured, she'll keep you on your feet as well.

Popular Songs

ON IVY

For The Love of Ivy
a song by The Gun Club

For the Love of Ivy
a song by The Mamas & The Papas

Ivy
a song by Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians

Ivy Boy
a song by Polaris

Ivy Covered Walls
a song by Peter Cetera

Ivy Parker
a song by Boy Kill Boy

Ivy Rose
a song by Perry Como

Ivy Says
a song by Groovie Ghoulies

Nothing Clings Like Ivy
a song by Elvis Costello

Patterns in the Ivy
a song by Opeth

Poison Ivy
a song by the Nylons

Poison Ivy League
a song by Elvis Presley

The Holly and the Ivy
a song by Mediaeval Baebes

The Ivy League
a song by The June Spirit

Under The Ivy
a song by Kate Bush

Famous People

NAMED IVY

Ivy Compton-Burnett (English writer)
Ivy Andrews (baseball player)
Ivy Olson (baseball player)
Ivy Compton-Burnett (English writer)
Ivy Andrews (baseball player)
Ivy Olson (baseball player)
Ivy Compton-Burnett (English writer)
Ivy Andrews (baseball player)
Ivy Olson (baseball player)

Children of Famous People

NAMED IVY

Beyoncé and Jay-Z;

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME IVY

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Ivy