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).


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