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Quick Facts on Ivy

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 152
Simple meaning:
Climber, symbol of friendship

Characteristics of Ivy

  • Cooperative
  • Considerate
  • Compassionate
  • Nurturing
  • Sensitive
  • Patient
  • Loving
  • Kind
  • Gracious
  • Balanced

Etymology & Historical Origin - Ivy

The name Ivy comes from the English vocabulary word signifying the evergreen clinging, climbing or ground-creeping vine of the same name. Ivy comes from the Olde English word “īfig” (from the Germanic “Efeu”) which has no known meaning. Some believe it means ‘climber’ given the description of the plant. Not surprisingly, this interweaving, growing plant is the symbol of friendship in Celtic tradition. The ivy plant forms long-lasting connections and can withstand harsh environments which lends itself nicely to the bonds we form in friendship despite any challenges. Even when you cut back ivy, it will continue to grow forward, also an emblem of our determination to survive and thrive. The Druids (a priestly class of the Celtics) would create head adornments with the ivy vines, believing it would bring clarity and vibrancy of thought to their consciousness. Ivy /Ivey also developed as a surname in England. The feminine forename Ivy became popularized in the late 19th century when naming girls after flowers, trees and plants came into high fashion. Today, Ivy is a particularly popular name in Australia where it is ranked in the Top 40. Ivy could also be considered a nickname for Ivanna.

Popularity of the Name Ivy

Ivy was a moderately popular name in America at the turn of the 20th century but soon after began a slow decline down the charts. The low-point of Ivy’s popularity came in the 1940s when she almost fell off the female naming charts altogether. Fortunately, this name started to reverse her course back up the charts. Ivy is now enjoying a similar level of popularity she experienced over 100 years ago. Ivy is a name with vitality and energy that American parents are taking a second look at today. It’s simple and straight forward but associated with strength and fortitude, along with friendship. An under-appreciated plant, we’re glad to see this offbeat name make a bit of a comeback. And we dare say, there’s a dose of “bad girl” in Ivy we can’t help but to admire. Thanks in part to the 1947 Joan Fontaine movie “Ivy” or the 1992 Drew Barrymore thriller “Poison Ivy”. Ivy is a name that’s ‘climbing’ back into our hearts.
Popularity of the Girl Name Ivy
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Ivy

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Ivy

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Ivy

    Ivy Lexton (The Story of Ivy) Ivy Lexton is the title character in Marie Belloc Lowndes’ novel “The Story of Ivy” made famous in a 1947 Joan Fontaine movie simply titled “Ivy”. Quite simple, Ivy is the epitome of the woman we love to hate, or else hate to love. This bad girl has high aspirations and will stop at nothing to satiate her desires for the things she craves: beautiful clothes, finely appointed accommodations and money. This gorgeous woman has all the men swooning at her feet as she seeks to destroy each and every one of them to attain her goals. She uses her beauty and winning personality to disguise her black heart – will she win in the end? No spoil-alerts here. But rest-assured, she'll keep you on your feet as well.

  • Popular Songs on Ivy

    Popular Songs on Ivy

    For The Love of Ivy - a song by The Gun Club

    For the Love of Ivy - a song by The Mamas & The Papas

    Ivy - a song by Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians

    Ivy - a song by the Screaming Trees

    Ivy Boy - a song by Polaris

    Ivy Covered Walls - a song by Peter Cetera

    Ivy Parker - a song by Boy Kill Boy

    Ivy Rose - a song by Perry Como

    Ivy Says - a song by Groovie Ghoulies

    Nothing Clings Like Ivy - a song by Elvis Costello

    Patterns in the Ivy - a song by Opeth

    Poison Ivy - a song by the Nylons

    Poison Ivy - a song by The Coasters

    Poison Ivy - a song by The Rolling Stones

    Poison Ivy - a song by The Von Bondies

    Poison Ivy League - a song by Elvis Presley

    The Holly and the Ivy - a song by Mediaeval Baebes

    The Holly and the Ivy - a song by John McDermott

    The Ivy League - a song by The June Spirit

    Under The Ivy - a song by Kate Bush

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Ivy

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Ivy

    Eat Your Peas, Ivy Louise (Leo Landry) - Ivy Louise is busy with her dinner. On her high-chair tray are some Oatey-O's and a spoonful of peas. As she watches, the peas form a pyramid, and a small green ringmaster introduces "the amazing, stupendous Tender Tiny Peas!" The diminutive vegetables entertain the child with their circus act while her unseen parents encourage her to "eat your peas." Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Faith, Hope, and Ivy June (Phyllis Reynolds Naylor) - Ivy June is from rural coal country in Kentucky. She is staying with an upper-middle-class family and their daughter, Catherine, for two weeks over spring break. The living situations of the seventh graders are at two extremes and yet both girls have the humanity and distinctness that allow them to escape the confines of representing their classes. Make no mistake, this is Ivy June's story, and her hardships and family challenges are front and center in a way that Catherine's own family woes are not. This is a warm and tender story of learning to care about the needs of the "other" while gaining appreciation for your own values and strengths. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Good Luck, Ivy: 1976 (Lisa Yee) - Part of the American Girls Series. Ivy Ling feels invisible. The middle child in a busy Chinese-American household, Ivy's mother has gone back to school to become a lawyer and her father has two jobs to keep the family afloat. And if that's not enough, Ivy's best friend Julie Albright has moved to another part of San Francisco. The only place Ivy feels at home is at gymnastics. But when she learns that the big gymnastics tournament is scheduled for the same day as the annual Ling family reunion, Ivy wrestles with a difficult choice. Gradually, with her brother Andrew's help, Ivy realizes that she can take charge of her life--and make her own luck. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Ivy & Bean's Secret Treasure Box ~ Books 1-3 (Annie Barrows) - Meet Ivy and Bean, two friends who never meant to like each other. This boxed set is a delightful introduction to these spunky characters. It includes the first three books in the Ivy and Bean series, and a secret treasure-hiding box with a cool surprise inside! The first three books are: Book 1: Ivy and Bean; Book 2: Ivy and Bean and the Ghost that Had to Go; and Book 3: Ivy and Bean Break the Fossil Record. If you enjoy the Ivy and Bean books, then follow up with: Book 4: Ivy and Bean Take Care of the Babysitter; Book 5: Ivy and Bean: Bound to Be Bad; Book 6: Ivy and Bean: Doomed to Dance; Book 7: Ivy and Bean: What’s the Big Idea?; and Book 8: Ivy and Bean: No News Is Good News. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Ivy (Julie Hearn) - Ivy is in danger...she just doesn't know it yet. Ivy has been spotted in a rough part of London by Oscar Aretino Frosdick, a rich Victorian painter. He needs a muse and Ivy is perfect - a stunner. Realizing quickly that Oscar has more money than sense, Ivy's greedy cousins order her to sit with him - and do anything else he might ask. But their "nice little earner" has sinister consequences. Oscar's jealous mother is determined to get rid of her son's beautiful model...Oscar's famous neighbor wants her all to himself...and Ivy's strange and troubled past is about to catch up to her. Recommended for ages young adult.

    Ivy's Ever After (Dawn Lairamore) - When Princess Ivy turns 14, she will be locked in a tower and guarded by a dragon until a prince can rescue and marry her. Only days before her birthday, the arrogant and power-hungry Prince Romil shows up, coveting the throne and position of King of Ardendale. Once she's locked in the tower, Ivy realizes that she cannot marry such an evil man, and she climbs out the lone window, nearly falling to her death. Luckily, she is rescued by Elridge, a small dragon who cannot breathe fire and is something of a chicken. The unlikely pair sets out to find Ivy's fairy godmother, Drusilla, fighting off trolls and swamp sprites in the process, hoping Drusilla can help them defeat Romil and save the kingdom. Ivy is an engaging alternative to the standard damsel-in-distress figure, and with a lushly vivid setting, witty dialogue, and lots of adventure, this well-plotted first novel will appeal to readers. The follow up novel is called “Ivy and the Meanstalk”. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Ivy, Homeless in San Francisco (Summer Brenner) - In this empathetic tale of hope, understanding, and the importance of family, children face the difficult issue of poverty and the many hardships of being homeless through an inspiring young heroine named Ivy. Ivy is a young girl who finds herself homeless on the streets of San Francisco when she and her father, Poppy, are evicted from his artist loft. Struggling to survive day to day, Ivy and Poppy befriend a dog who takes them to the ramshackle home of quirky siblings Eugenia and Oscar, making the start of some amazing adventures. The story relates a hopeful but realistic representation of homelessness that will appeal to young readers and give adults material to discuss with children. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Poison Ivy (Amy Goldman Koss) - Ivy has been a victim of relentless bullying for years. Nicknamed Poison Ivy by Ann, Benita, and Sophie in fourth grade, she can hardly remember what it was like to be just plain Ivy. When earnest Ms. Gold, the middle school American government teacher, finds a depressing poem written by Ivy, she decides to put The Evil Three on trial for bullying. She is hoping to create a perfect learning experience to illustrate the American judicial system to the class–and possibly to teach the three girls a lesson. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    The Story of Holly and Ivy (Rumer Godden) - A beautiful story of wishing: of a little girl who wants a doll and a grandmother; of a doll that yearns for a child's arms around it; and of a lonely policeman's wife who wants a child in her home. Recommended for ages 5-10.

    Zelda and Ivy Series (Laura McGee Kvasnosky) - In this insightful look at sisterhood, two young foxes take different approaches to playing. The mildly traitorous Zelda takes advantage of Ivy, her gullible younger sibling. Ivy, on the other hand, indulges her sister and wears a look of quiet dismay when things go wrong. In the first of three chapters, Ivy pretends to be a trapeze artist, and ringmaster Zelda tests her with increasingly difficult tricks. Next, when Zelda suggests a make-over, Ivy is her trusting victim: "Zelda cut scallops into Ivy's fluffy tail.... 'Shall I scallop your tail?' asked Ivy. 'Wait until I'm done,' said Zelda." Yet, as Ivy well knows, her big sister has a big heart. At the conclusion, Ivy's wish for a silver baton "just like yours" prompts Zelda to anonymously (and somewhat reluctantly) donate her own prize toy. Rare for a book about siblings, its sympathies reach out to readers regardless of their birth order. Also in the series: Zelda and Ivy: One Christmas; Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways; Zelda and Ivy and the Boy next door; and Zelda and Ivy: Keeping Secrets. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Ivy

    Famous People Named Ivy

    Famous People Named Ivy - Ivy Compton-Burnett (English writer); Ivy Andrews (baseball player); Ivy Olson (baseball player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Ivy

    Children of Famous People Named Ivy

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

  • Historic Figures

    Ivy - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Ivy

The Number 2 personality in numerology is all about cooperation and balance. It's the number of diplomats and mediators. They are not leaders, but strive rather for harmony in partnerships. These are the peacemakers. Equality and fairness are important in their dealings, and they are willing to share power and responsibility to achieve a harmonious outcome. This personality is calm and patient, waiting for things to evolve instead of pushing aggressively for an outcome. They are good-natured and easy-going, and care deeply on an emotional and spiritual plane. Twos appreciate beauty and nature and are intent on making the world a better place.

Variations of the Baby Name - Ivy

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