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Irving

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Scottish
"green river, sea friend"

Irving Origin and Meaning

The name Irving is a boy's name of Scottish origin meaning "green river, sea friend".
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 ThalbergAmerican film producer
  • Washington IrvingAmerican author
  • Irving Rameses "Ving" RhamesAmerican actor
  • Irving Lester JanisAmerican research psychologist
  • Irving Mills (born Isadore Minsky)American jazz publisher and musician
  • Irving Caesar(born Isidor Keiser) American lyricist
  • Irving LangmuirAmerican Nobel Prize,winning chemist
  • Irving FisherAmerican economist

Irving in Pop Culture

  • Irving "Irv" Harpercharacter on TV's "Everwood"
  • Lloyd Irvingmain character of video game "Tales of Symphonia"
  • Irving Hillmancharacter in newspaper comic strip "Cathy"
  • Irving Beaksa character from the Nickelodeon cartoon "Harvey Beaks"
  • Irvingcharacter mentioned in the movie "Chicago," during the "Cell Block Tango" number
  • Irving BurnsideJon Arbuckle's next door neighbor in the cartoon show "Garfield and Friends"

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