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

The name Irving is a boy's name of Scottish origin meaning "green river, sea friend". Irving and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Water and discussed in our forums with posts like "Picky Parents BNG".

From the experts:

It might be surprising to know that this 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. Irving was a Top 100 name during World War I, and though we don't envision it reaching those heights again, we can see some hipster parents having their own little Ving.

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Famous People Named Irving

Irving Berlin (born Israel Isidore Baline), American composer
Irving Grant Thalberg, American film producer
Washington Irving, American author
Irving Rameses "Ving" Rhames, American actor
Irving Lester Janis, American research psychologist
Irving Mills (born Isadore Minsky), American jazz publisher and musician
Irving Caesar, (born Isidor Keiser) American lyricist
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"
Irving Beaks, a character from the Nickelodeon cartoon "Harvey Beaks"
Irving, character mentioned in the movie "Chicago," during the "Cell Block Tango" number

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Irving's International Variations

Inek (Welsh)