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Quick Facts on Ivory

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 866
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Ivory

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Ivory

Ivory is technically a unisex name, although it’s given to far more baby girls than boys. The name comes from “ivory”, an English vocabulary word typically used when describing the material of elephant tusks – however it also describes a creamy-white color, piano keys, dice, dominoes and teeth. The English borrowed the word from the French “ivurie” which developed from the Latin “eboreus” meaning “of ivory”. It is ultimately believed that the Latin language borrowed the term long ago from the Phoenicians or the Egyptians’ “âb” or “âbu” meaning “elephant”. In fact, in Olde English, the term “elpendban” meant the same (elephant bone) before being replaced with “ivory”. Apropos, the material known as ivory is most closely associated with the elephant, but it also comes from the tusks and teeth of other animals (walrus, hippopotamus, sperm whale, e.g.). Ivory has been a highly valued substance since ancient times, particularly in the construction of artistic objects. The long-time demand for ivory has threatened the animal populations of the species that produce it, and so today the trade restrictions in most countries are severely limited. The result of the now-limited supply of ivory has generated more self-serving and careless demand which in turn has produced an elephant poaching problem in Africa.

Popularity of the Name Ivory

Ivory is a precious material and therefore a precious name. We especially love that its root meaning comes from ancient Egyptians meaning “elephant”. One needs only to read old issues of National Geographic to learn that elephants are among the most remarkable of all animals in existence. African Elephants are the earth’s largest land mammals (weighing more than 12,000 lbs.), they have the longest pregnancies (22 months), and they are defined by their huge ears (which serve to keep them cool by emitting heat) and long trunks (which contain over 100,000 different muscles and serve a multitude of purposes). They are social animals and highly intelligent. The elephant is one of the very few animals possessing a sense of self-awareness (as evidenced by their ability to recognize themselves in mirrors). They are strongly attached to their families generally led by a matriarch, followed by younger females and their young. The males roam either alone or in small groups of other males. They preserve their “clan” and are deeply and emotionally attached to one another as expressed through a highly complex system of communication. In other words, elephants are awesome. Ergo, Ivory is awesome. The name has been used sporadically on both males and females since the late 19th century (perhaps considered a “rare gem” name like Pearl and Ruby). Never popular, Ivory has not achieved Top 1000 status in America for boys since 1979 and for girls since 1983. Needless to say, we love this name! Just make sure to protect the Elephant!
Popularity of the Girl Name Ivory
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Ivory

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Ivory

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Ivory

    Ivory We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Ivory.

  • Popular Songs on Ivory

    Popular Songs on Ivory

    African Ivory - a song by The Samples

    Ebony and Ivory - a song by Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney

    Ivory Rose - a song by Kathy Mar

    Ivory Tower - a song by Van Morrison

    Ivory Tusk - a song by Blues Traveler

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Ivory

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Ivory

    Ivory - We cannot find any children’s books featuring a character named Ivory.

  • Famous People Named Ivory

    Famous People Named Ivory

    Famous People Named Ivory - Ivory Joe Hunter (R&B singer, male)

  • Children of Famous People Named Ivory

    Children of Famous People Named Ivory

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Ivory - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Ivory.

  • Historic Figures

    Ivory - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Ivory - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Ivory.

Personality of the Girl Name Ivory

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Ivory

  • No Variations Found.
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