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Gender: M Meaning of Irving: "green river, sea friend" Origin of Irving: Scottish

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It might be surprising to know that iths name originated as a Scottish place and surname name, as in Washington Irving. It became a popular choice for first-generation Jewish-American boys, such as best-selling authors Irving Stone and Irving Wallace, whose parents looked to surnames from the British Isles to confer a measure of assimilation and class. Irving Berlin changed his name from Israel; actor Ving Rhames streamlined and coolized it.

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Famous People Named Irving

Irving Berlin, American composer
Irving Thalberg, American film producer
Washington Irving, American author
Irving "Ving" Rhames, American actor
Irving Lester Janis, renowned research psychologist
Irving Mills, American jazz publisher and musician
Irving Caesar, American songwriter
Irving Langmuir, American Nobel Prize-winning chemist
Irving Fisher, American economist

Pop Culture References for the Name Irving

Irving "Irv" Harper, character on TV's "Everwood"
Lloyd Irving, main character of video game "Tales of Symphonia"
Irving Hillman, character in newspaper comic strip "Cathy"

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Irving's International Variations

Inek (Welsh)