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Variant spellings of this name are Ivi, Ivie, Ivey, Ivee.
LindsayHansen  4/13/2005
The word ivy is derived from the Old English ifig, which means "climber".
cayenne  5/27/2005
She's one of Batman and Robin's enemies.
SeaShellClub  9/4/2005
It's my name, and it's grown on me over the years. I love it and it fits me. If you are thinking of using it, just know the child will be subject to relentless name calling. Poison ivy, ivy league, ivory soap, and people will also try to shorten it, some have called me I!
poison  11/19/2005
I like the sound of this of name, although I'm not a huge fan of the only person I know who bears it. Because of that, it strikes me as a name fit for someone impetuous who does everything on the spur of the moment without thinking at all, and it usually gets her into trouble.
Arowen Half-Elven  12/19/2005
My Father's name was Ivy; my grandmother named him after her father, Ivy. Has anyone else heard of this? My Dad really did "fit " his name and he was not at all feminine. LOL! I always loved his name, but I have never met another man named Ivy.
sunshine68  1/7/2006
Sunshine68 - I have 5 males in my family that all have the name Ivy. Contact me for more info, we may be related?
cowpoke  2/22/2006
I think Ivy is really nice, but I would not use it due to the fact that people might call her 'poison ivy'. It's nice for a middle name though. I know a Winona Ivy.
Mommy2B  2/17/2006
My great aunts were twins, named Ivy and Lily, flowers from the bible. For me, I am not too crazy over the name Ivy.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2006
I love the name. It was one of the names in the movie The Village. I think it's really cute and very perfect for a little girl but I can see a guy having that name too.
sarah11  8/9/2006
This name is a lot better as a middle name. It is a good name, though.
libbygirl  10/23/2006
I really like this name, it's all mysterious. I think it's best suited for a girl though.
pussy428  11/18/2006
I named my daughter Ivy 12 weeks ago, and although I have gotten mixed reviews on the name, I love it! I especially love knowing she will probably be the only Ivy in her class!
nailnazi  4/10/2007
My rabbit is called Ivy and I have to say I really like the name. I like it more as a middle name than a first name though.
Mango  5/30/2007
I like Ivy in theory, but I worry that people will think someone is saying I.V. (as in intravenous) when saying the name.
― Anonymous User  9/13/2007
This is a very old-fashioned name in the UK - lots of old ladies are called Ivy. It's pretty, though, I like it.
― Anonymous User  11/16/2007
This is one of the only names my husband and I actually agree on. In the 90s, Ivy was part of my very first AOL e-mail address. (Kinda nostalgic, you know?) This is a fantastic name if you're looking for something down-to-earth, and is not outlandishly popular (like the similar moniker Ava).
edenrowe  12/30/2007
I think this name is really sweet and I think Lily is a cute twin name for Ivy.
Patricia Underwood  1/31/2008
The main character in M. Night Shyamalan's 'The Village' is named Ivy. The character is also blind and makes a successful journey through uncharted woods to get medicine for her dying fiancé. The character is played by Ron Howard's daughter Bryce Dallas Howard and her dying fiancé is played by Joaquin Phoenix.
rory  3/10/2008
I like the fact that it means "climbing," like overcoming.
Dray  5/16/2008
It's a pretty, simple, pleasant-sounding name, and despite any Biblical importance to the plant, the name is secular. I'm simply not sure how well this name is going to suit girls past the age of 17. It sounds a bit cutesy, but I do like it.
slight night shiver  6/6/2008
I LOVE the name Ivy because you almost never hear it; it also has a classy feel to it and makes me think of intelligence. A word of caution to parents, the child could be called Poison Ivy and other nasty names later on by other kids.
― Anonymous User  8/18/2008
A famous bearer with this name was Ivy Compton Burnett, a British novelist (1884-1969.)

Ivy is also the name of the protaganist in Julie Hearn's new novel of the same title. One of Melinda's ex-best friends in the book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is named Ivy.
― Anonymous User  8/23/2008
My husband suggested this name as a middle name for our daughter on the way. I had never really considered it before, but it has really grown on me. When I've told people Elizabeth Ivy, I've gotten several compliments. It adds a bit of sass to the ordinary I think.
mom2zeke  10/23/2008
This is a very nice name. Nice enough to go on my list.
GunsnRoses8794  11/24/2008
Ivy Lloyd (Poison Ivy) is a character in Melina Marchetta's 1992 novel 'Looking for Alibrandi', who tends to make racist comments to the Australian Italian protagonist. Her character was merged with that of Carly Bishop for the 2000 film adaptation. Probably not famous outside Australia, where the book is often studied at a senior level in high schools.
― Anonymous User  2/13/2009
My sister's name is Ivy! Ivy is a very strong name-- and the holder of the name will have to be strong as well, because there will be some teasing. I personally love the name, despite some negative connotations.
776  5/18/2009
Smart yet cute-sounding. It can work for a lot of ages, but better followed by a middle name.
Kerules  5/29/2009
My mother almost named me Ivy. I don't get why people are saying that if you name your kid Ivy, they'll be teased. I went to school with a couple Ivys and they weren't picked on at all. I think it's a lovely, mysterious kind of name.
― Anonymous User  6/3/2009
Ivy (along with Iris) are the only plant names I would name a child after. Personally, I find Lily, Rose, and Daisy REALLY annoying and girly and too common. Ivy sounds like a quirky, spunky, and smart person.
myfunkykat83  6/23/2009
I think name is very pretty. It has a lovely sound and I really like it. It's gorgeous, memorable and not too popular. And I love the ivy plant. The Latin name for Ivy is Hedera, which I think could work as a name as well.
― Anonymous User  7/13/2009
A bearer of this name (who happened to be a male, by the way) was Ivy Lee, the founder of modern public relations and also the uncle of American novelist William S. Burroughs.

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Lucille  10/20/2009
I think this is an okay name. I think it would be a good name for a little girl, because whilst being simple and easy to spell without being too nickname-y or silly-sounding. So, overall, yes, I think this is a great name for young and old, yes, a very sensible, dignified name. :)
walesgal92  10/24/2009
My name is Ivy, and I love it. I was called "Poison Ivy" by other kids in my class when I was young, but I loved that nickname (probably because I really liked Batman, hehe) and was disappointed it didn't stick. People sometimes ask me if it's short for anything or try to come up with nicknames for it, but that's the extent of the irritation. It's actually really funny listening to people invent names that Ivy could be a shortened version of (Ivaleen is one of my favorites). As an added bonus, if you say my first two initials, it sounds like my first name (my middle name is Victoria, so they are I. V--Ivy.)
thelovezombie  12/2/2009
Very nice despite the shortness.
― Anonymous User  2/20/2010
The plant Ivy has been shown to kill breast cancer cells - maybe this would be a nice name if your family had a history of breast cancer.
SandSea  3/31/2010
I had four sons before my daughter, I had been saving the name Ivy for more than 12 years. Ivy is the absolutely most stunning little person ever, & I have not heard about anyone teasing her. In fact, she was poison Ivy for Halloween! I LOVE the name!
Mamaoffive  7/9/2010
In The Language of Flowers, Ivy means "Dependence".
Antique_Cherub  8/30/2010
Ivy is becoming relatively popular again, and with good reason. It is a sassy and sweet nature name without being overly cutesy in the ways of Daisy and Poppy. This is a positive; Ivy will never be as common as the aforementioned names.
vomiting  9/14/2010
I really like the name Ivy, for a girl. My great ma's name was Ivy. Her daughter's name was Colleen. I like that too, but since I don't think I'd name my daughter that I might call my daughter "Covy" as a mixture because I was very very close to my aunt colleen and she was just such a strong BEAUTIFUL person and my Greatma was so sweet and innocent and pure, those are amazing qualities for a person. Covy. Or I might call my daughter Ivee. COOLIO!
DidiGiraffe  10/16/2010
There's an old English Christmas carol called "The Holly and the Ivy" - maybe Holly and Ivy could work as a name set for December twins?
elizabeth hamlet  12/5/2010
I love this name! I think it`s perfect for a cute little girl but also for a grown up woman. It has something magical :-) Definitely one of my favourite names!
DiChel  3/23/2011
I do like it, though it's not a favorite. Poison Ivy, anyone?
Black_X  7/28/2011
This is such a cute name! It's the type of name that will suit you at any age. I don't know why but I really love the combination Ivy Rose.
― Anonymous User  8/2/2011
I personally like the name IVY. It seems youthful, Earthy, and natural.
GibsonGirl  8/25/2011
I'm kind of surprised this name has so many positive comments in comparison to other nicer names. It's not bad or anything, but it sounds slightly like and old woman name.
JazzMilo  4/13/2012
Ivy Lynne is a character in the TV series "Smash". She is the ambitious, upcoming music theatre star who will do anything to succeed!
― Anonymous User  6/28/2012
I like this name. It is strong and elegant but at the same time interesting. The only thing that worries me is shortening. Here in Australia everything gets shortened somehow, so Ivy would probably become 'I' or 'Ives'. Also, if you are Australian, beware of the Sydney suburb name 'St Ives'. I can see that being used to tease someone at school.
― Anonymous User  6/28/2012
Hip and cool, yet old fashioned! Could be a nickname for Ivana.
SEC908  10/29/2012
I only like this for a middle name and it have something sensual about it that gives any name a sassy twist.
555jazzy  1/5/2013
Julie Albright, the 1970s period American Girl Doll's best friend, available as a doll and a well known character in the six book set of Julie books, the stand alone Ivy book, and the new Julie & Ivy mystery stories, is named Ivy Ling. She is Chinese.
anoldfashionedgirl  3/12/2013
Ivy Tamwood is a character from Kim Harrison's The Hollows series. It's much more appealing than Lily and other flower names, which I personally don't like, but maybe it's because Ivy is a vine and not a flower? Either way... I love Ivy!
Khaleesi27  7/27/2014
I like it, as I like plants. Compared to flowers, I prefer Ivy that has more vitality. Hope it becomes a popular name.
smalltalk  8/17/2014
My son's name is James IV, but his nickname is Ivy.
InfiniteSovereign  9/14/2014
I really like this name, it's simple and pretty. My friend's real name is Ivana, but we call her Ivy.
xgirl  10/27/2014
I used to think this name was TOO out there and very weird but now I have grown fond of it. I personally would never use it though because poison ivy and HIV come to mind, or IV fluids. \: the HIV (H Ivy) part tears me away from using it in real life.
― Anonymous User  11/22/2014
I have a baby on the way and my partner and I think Ivy is a beautiful name, but not on its own. So we think Ivy-marie or Ivy-may is really nice.
bankybear95  11/22/2014
My middle name is Ivy. I used to hate it because of the nicknames I got (Poison Ivy) but then I realized how unique it is. As feminine as it is, I believe it could add a prefix or suffix to make it a boy name because of how unique it is.
Laylaivy  12/16/2014
Very sweet in combo Elizabeth Ivy which is probably what I'd pair it with.
Just Jonquil  4/7/2015
Ivy is a beautiful, awesome, amazing, sophisticated nature name. :)
― Anonymous User  4/27/2015
It's such a lovely, beautiful name. It's got a cool edge to it too, and I envision a confident, strong girl/woman.
― Anonymous User  6/8/2015
My name is Ivory, but people call me Ivy. I love my name! People don't usually call me Poison Ivy, but to be honest, I like the name Poison Ivy, too! It's not bad to be called that for me, but other people have their opinions. I was thinking about naming my child, if I ever have one, River. I love having a unique name!
Marchyme  7/27/2015
I adopted a baby girl in 2009 and named her Ivy. I love her name and it fits her. A cousin of mine also had a granddaughter named Ivy Louise. Seems to be making a comeback.
Aliyahbelle09  12/5/2015
Princess Ivy is the main antagonist of the Sofia the First special "The Curse of Princess Ivy".
― Anonymous User  1/9/2016
I love my name so much! Never really got made fun of, just a few nicknames. A lot of the people I work with will call me poison! It is a classic name that I sincerely hope doesn't get ruined by a new generation of overuse.
― Anonymous User  2/15/2016
This name is becoming very popular.
samoan.solstice  4/24/2016
I think that my name, Ivy, is a good name.
imharp  5/13/2016
Love this name... I've read on some naming websites that it means "faithfulness," which I think gives the name a lot of weight for being so short and sweet.
Namesfordays  8/25/2016
The girlfriend of Demon's brother in Vampire Diary season six is also called Ivy...
Ivy alibrandy  12/4/2016
I LOVE the name Ivy, and it's one of the best names in my opinion! It makes me think of a beautiful girl dancing in a field of flowers! But I can see it on a boy too.
Tatumarore  3/24/2017
My name is Ivy. And I love it to be honest!
ivykaelankyrie  6/21/2017
My name is Ivy and though I hated it growing up - because people made “Poison Ivy” jokes all the time, even a teacher once said “Oh, don’t worry about sitting next to Ivy, she won’t give you a rash” and I was absolutely horrified - but now I actually really like the name and “Poison Ivy” is more about Batman now that I’m older than about the plant like when I was younger. People always ask me if it’s actually my first name (I guess people just assume it’s a middle name or a nickname) but generally everyone says it’s very unique and pretty. I honestly wouldn’t have liked any other name for myself as it does kind of make you feel unique too. I also dressed as poison Ivy for the first time and everyone loved it. It’s a hard name to combine with a first or middle name but mine is Ivy Nicole and it works pretty well - though everyone in my family (and even people outside of my family on occasions) calls me Ivy Lee or Ivy Lou and I’ve gotten pretty used to it. I think it’s a great name if you’re looking for something different and pretty.
starryives  11/12/2017
Jamie Lynn Spears named her daughter Ivey Joan (born April 11, 2018).
EstherTester  4/18/2018

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