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 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 146, 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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