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Names That Mean Yew

IvoHeart

  • Origin:

    German
  • Meaning:

    "yew wood, archer"
  • Description:

    Ivo is an unusual, catchy name with the energetic impact of all names ending in 'o'. Hardly heard in the U.S., it is used a bit more frequently in England, as is the related Ivor, a favorite of such novelists as Evelyn Waugh and P.G. Wodehouse. Ivo is currently most popular in the Netherlands.

YvesHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Meaning:

    "yew wood"
  • Description:

    On paper, with its stylish ties to fashion legend Yves Saint-Laurent (born Henri), Yves looks great, but the pronunciation--EVE-- could lead to gender confusion. German variation Ivo might be cooler and clear up the issue.

EwanHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish form of Gaelic Eoghan
  • Meaning:

    "born of the yew tree"
  • Description:

    This appealing name has a good chance of catching on due to the popularity of Ewan McGregor, and the trend towards Gaelic names in general. Pronunciation is YOO-un.

IvorHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish variation of Welsh Ifor
  • Meaning:

    "yew"
  • Description:

    Ivor, a favorite choice for upscale characters in Brit Lit novels by authors like P.G. Wodehouse and Evelyn Waugh, is an interesting and unusual name just waiting to be discovered by parents in this country.

IvarHeart

  • Origin:

    Norse
  • Meaning:

    "yew wood, archer"
  • Description:

    Part of a small group of similar names with similar roots — Ivor, Iver, Ivo, Ives — which are all worth looking at. Used throughout Scandinavia, Ivar is currently a Top 100 name in Sweden. In the Willa Cather novel O Pioneers!, there is a character known as —oops —Crazy Ivar.

YvetteHeart

  • Origin:

    French, feminine of Yves
  • Meaning:

    "yew tree"
  • Description:

    This French name has the elegance of other '-ette' names such as Colette and is a botanical name without being too obvious about it.

EoghanHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish Gaelic
  • Meaning:

    "born of the yew tree"
  • Description:

    Pronounced like Owen, this was the name of several early Irish kings and saints, as well as a celebrated Ulster hero. Often spelled with two 'n's in Scotland, it has been Anglicized as Ewan, Ewen, Euan, Owen, Hugh, or Eugene.

EuanHeart

  • Origin:

    Gaelic, Anglicized form of Eoghann
  • Meaning:

    "born of the yew tree"
  • Description:

    The attractive Euan and Ewan are just coming onto the U.S. radar, via actor Ewan MacGregor and Harry Potter's Euan Abercrombie.

IvesHeart

  • Origin:

    English variation of Yves
  • Meaning:

    "yew wood"
  • Description:

    Smooth and sleek one-syllable name, sometimes suggested for Sagittarius boys.

YvonneHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Meaning:

    "yew wood"
  • Description:

    Peaking in the 1950s, Yvonne has now dropped out of the Top 1000 in 2003 and doesn't look set to return soon, although its rare Y initial might endear it to some. Yvaine, from Neil Gaiman's Stardust, has more modern appeal.

EvoraHeart

  • Origin:

    Portuguese place name
  • Meaning:

    "yew tree"
  • Description:

    Evora is a city in Portugal known for its magnificent Roman aged ruins. It is occasionally seen as a female name, evoking some of the mystique of this region.

IvaraHeart

  • Origin:

    German
  • Meaning:

    "yew tree, archer"
  • Description:

    Similar to Ivana but less personality-driven.

YorkHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "from the yew estate"
  • Description:

    This British royal family name is rather formal and brusque.