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Gender: Male Meaning of Ives: "yew wood" Origin of Ives: English variation of Yves

The name Ives is a boy's name of English origin meaning "yew wood". Ives and is often added to lists like Artistic Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

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

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Famous People Named Ives

Ives Goddard, American linguist
Ives Roqueta, Occitan poet and novelist
Ives Antero De Souza, Brazilian footballer
Charles Ives, American modern composer
Burl Ives, American actor, writer, and folk singer
James Merritt Ives, 19th-century American lithographer, bookkeeper, and businessman; co-managed the firm Currier and Ives

Pop Culture References for the name Ives

St. Ives, small seaside town in Cornwall, England
St. Ives, skin care company
Currier and Ives, successful American printmaking firm headed by Nathaniel Currier and James Merritt Ives; based in New York City from 1834 to 1907
Vanessa Ives, main character in TV series ''Penny Dreadful" played by French actress Eva Green

Ives's International Variations

Ivo (German) Yves (French)


SilverSky109 Says:


Wait, why is this "sometimes suggested for Sagittarius boys"?

katinka Says:


I love Ivor, Ivo and Ivan, and now Ives too! Really sweet, strong, distinctive name.

katinka Says:



Zuzana Says:


How do you pronounce this? eye-ves, or eve-s

Giinkies Says:


I just think of the brand St. Ives because I grew up using the cream.

CocoWhite Says:


I know a boy with this name who pronounces it like ee-viss, not like Eve.

lesliemarion Says:


I see it less as smooth and sleek and more as quaint and charming, a la a Currier and Ives Thanksgiving picture.