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Gender: F Origin of Ivy: Plant name Ivy's Popularity in 2013: #152

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The quirky, offbeat and energetic botanical name Ivy is enjoying a deserved revival, sure to be propelled even higher by its choice by high-profile recent parents Beyonce and Jay-Z for baby girl Blue Ivy. Ivy -- associated with clinging vines -- also has an interesting history: ancient Greeks presented an ivy wreath to newlyweds as a symbol of fidelity. And in the language of flowers, Ivy signifies faithfulness.

At Number 152, Ivy is now the highest it has ever ranked.

British novelist Ivy Compton-Burnett is a notable namesake and Ivy Baker Priest served as U.S. Secretary of Treasury. Another association is the prestigious Ivy League. Ivy has been a favorite of scriptwriters--she's appeared on everything from 90210 to Gossip Girl , Dollhouse to Downton Abbey, and is the name of a 1970's American Girl doll.

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Famous People Named Ivy

Ivy Compton-Burnett, English novelist
Ivy Jo Hunter, American songwriter and record producer
Blue Ivy Carter, daughter of singer Beyonce and rapper Jay-Z
Ivy Withrow, daughter of actress Hallie Todd
Ivy Lola Malloy, daughter of American actress Jessica Leccia

Pop Culture References for the Name Ivy

Ivy Sullivan, character from the TV series 90210
Ivy Dickens, minor Gossip Girl character
Ivy Vega, character in 'My Sister the Vampire'
Ivy Wentz, character in Disney Channel's Good Luck Charlie
Ivy Locklear, character in "Red"
Ivy, from the 'American Girl' doll collection
Ivy Valentine (born Isabella Valentine), video-game character from the Soul Calibur series
Ivy, Topher's assistant in "Dollhouse"
Ivy, one of the 12 sisters in the book "Entwined" by Heather Dixon
Ivy Robinson from the musical Bare: A Pop Opera
Ivy, the name of Drew Barrymore's character in Poison Ivy
Ivy Stuart, character from Downton Abbey
Ivy Elizabeth Walker, Bryce Dallas Howard's character in The Village
Ivy Pepper, Mitzi May's goddaughter in Lackadaisy
"Ivy + Bean", children's book series
Ivy Wilson, male character in "The Grapes of Wrath" (1939, Steinbeck)
Ivy Lynn, character from TV series "Smash"
Poison Ivy, character from Batman
Poison Ivy, plant; causes explosive rashes & irritation when touched
"The Runaways: Zelda & Ivy", a children's book
Professor Ivy, from the Pokemon cartoon show

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