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Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. EE-vo(German, Dutch, Italian)
EE-fo(German)
EE-voo(Portuguese)
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Meaning & History

Germanic name, originally a short form of names beginning with the Germanic element iv meaning "yew". Alternative theories suggest that it may in fact be derived from a cognate Celtic element. This was the name of several saints (who are also commonly known as Saint Yves or Ives).
VariantYvo(Dutch)
Feminine FormsIva, Iveta, Yveta, Ivka(Czech)
Other Languages & CulturesErwan, Erwann(Breton) Yves, Yvon(French) Ives(History) Iwo(Polish)
Same SpellingIvo (2)

Sources & References

  • Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches namenbuch (1900), page 978
  • Elizabeth Gidley Withycombe, The Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names (1945)

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