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 "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".
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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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