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PronouncedPron.EE-vo GermanDutchItalian
EE-fo German
EE-voo Portuguese

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, 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)


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