Given Name IVO (1)

GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: EE-vo (German, Dutch, Italian), EE-fo (German), EE-voo (Portuguese)  [details]

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).
VARIANT: Yvo (Dutch)
FEMININE FORMS: Iva, Iveta, Ivka (Czech)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Erwan, Erwann (Breton), Yves, Yvon (French), Ives (History), Iwo (Polish)

Sources & References

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


green, nature, plants, red, saints, short forms, trees, uncertain etymology
Entry updated December 3, 2014