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Gender: Male Pronunciation: EE-vahr Meaning of Ivar: "yew wood, archer" Origin of Ivar: Norse

The name Ivar is a boy's name of Norse origin meaning "yew wood, archer". Ivar and is often added to lists like Cool Boy Names From Around the World and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Ivar

Ivar (or Ímar) Ragnarsson, Viking king
Ivar Vidfamne, legendary Danish king of at least Scania and Zealand
Ivar of Waterford, Norse king of Waterford and briefly King of Dublin
Ivar of Limerick, last Norse king of Limerick
Ímar Ua Donnabáin (Ivor O'Donovan), legendary Irish navigator and sorcerer
Ivar Hippe, Norwegian consultant and former journalist
Ivar Frithiof Andresen, Norwegian opera singer
Ivar Ballangrud, Norwegian speed skater
Ivar Otto Bendixson, Swedish mathematician
Ivar Bern, Norwegian chess player
Ivar Formo, Norwegian cross-country skier
Ivar Asbjørn Følling, Norwegian physician
Ivar Giaever, Norwegian physicist
Ivars Godmanis, prime minister of Latvia 1990-1993, 2007–2009
Ivar Haglund, Seattle folk singer and founder of Ivar's
Ivar Jacobson, Swedish computer scientist
Ivar Kants, Australian actor
Ivar Larsen Kirkeby-Garstad, Norwegian politician
Ivar Kleiven, Norwegian historian and poet
Ivar Kreuger, Swedish businessman
Ivar Langen, Norwegian rector
Ivar Lo-Johansson, Swedish writer
Ivar Lykke, Norwegian politician and prime minister from 1926 to 1928
Ivar Rooth, Swedish banker
Ivar Skulstad, Norwegian politician
Ivar Bergersen Sælen, Norwegian politician
Ivar Tengbom, Swedish architect
Ivar Peterson Tveiten, Norwegian politician
Ivar Smilga, Bolshevik revolutionary leader
Ivar Vennerström, Swedish politician
Ivar Enger, Norwegian former-guitarist of Darkthrone
Ivar Aasen, Norwegian lexicographer, creator of Nynorsk

Pop Culture References for the name Ivar

Ivar - a character in the video game Tales Of Xilla, pronounced "eye-ver"
Ivar the Timewalker, Valiant Comics universe
Ivar the Boneless - A character from the tv show "Vikings."

Ive, Ivor, Yvar

Ivar's International Variations

Yvor (Russian) Ibhar, Ivo (Irish) Ivarr (Norse) Iver (Danish)


Carbine_Stingray Says:


Yeah this site is pretty Americentric, a lot of common names in other countries end up under unusual, even if they're very common in the overall world (e.g. Ivar and Ragnar)

DryLake Says:


Showed up under "unusual", but it's very normal in North-Europe x3