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This was my great-grandfather's name, except spelled "Evo". Always thought it sounded cool.
Ivo Livi, better known as Yves Montand, was an Italian-French actor and singer. Montand was born Ivo Livi in Monsummano Terme, Italy, to Giuseppina and Giovanni Livi, a Jewish broom manufacturer. Giuseppina was a devout Catholic, while Giovanni held strong Communist beliefs. Montand's family left for France in 1923 because of Italy's Fascist regime. He grew up in Marseille, where, as a young man, he worked in his sister's beauty salon, and later on the docks. He began a career in show business as a music-hall singer. In 1944, he was discovered by Édith Piaf in Paris and she made him part of her act.
Minimalistic yet strong. Love it!
I know a boy with this name who pronounces it 'EYE-vo'.
― Anonymous User
Also Portuguese, pronounced "EE-voo". [noted -ed]
Dr. Eggman, Sonic the Hedgehog's rival is also known as Dr. Ivo Robotnik.
Few people in Germany pronounce Ivo EE-fo with the f-sound in the middle. Actually, this pronunciation seems to be common in Bavaria where most v-names (Valentin and so on) are pronounced with an f-sound. The pronunciation of such names is not regular. Many Germans outside and in Bavaria say "VULL-en-teen" instead of Bavarian "FAHLL-en-teen", whereas the name Eva is pronounced "EH-fa" everywhere, pronouncing the "v" like an "f".
To come back to Ivo, the pronunciation "EE-vo" is much more common than "EE-fo" in Germany, although the reason is obscure. [noted -ed]
Also used in Portugal.
It is also used as a first name in Portugal, as well as a last name.
Dutch pronunciation is EE-vo. [noted -ed]
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