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Gender: Male Meaning of Ivo: "yew wood, archer" Origin of Ivo: German

The name Ivo is a boy's name of German, Irish, Dutch origin meaning "yew wood, archer". Ivo and is often added to lists like Unique Baby Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

Ivo is an unusual, catchy name with the energetic impact of all names ending in 'o'. Hardly heard in the U.S., it is used a bit more frequently in England, as is the related Ivor, a favorite of such novelists as Evelyn Waugh and P.G. Wodehouse. Ivo is currently most popular in the Netherlands.

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Famous People Named Ivo

Saint Ivo of Ramsey, Cornish bishop
Saint Ivo of Chartres, French bishop
Saint Ivo of Kermartin, Breton priest
Ivo Andric, Bosnian-born Yugoslavian novelist and poet
Ivo van Hove, Belgian theater director
Ivo Graham, English comedian
Ivo Karlović, Croatian tennis player
Ivo Fiedler (b. 2013), son of Astrid Fiedler

Pop Culture References for the name Ivo

Ivo Robotnik aka Dr. Eggman, villain in Sonic the Hedgehog
Professor Ivo, a villainous scientist in DC Comics
Ivo Shandor, character in the Ghostbusters films
Ivo Salvini, main character in film The Voice of the Moon
Ivo Sackett, character in Louis L'Amour's novels Sackett's Land and To the Far Blue Mountains
Ivo Sharktooth, character in webcomic Girl Genius
Ivo, princess in the Book of Unwritten Tales video games

Ivair, Ivar, Iven, Iver, Ives, Yves, Yvo

Ivo's International Variations

Ibon (Basque) Ivor (Scandinavian)


Leonina Says:


As a lawstudent and seeing as papa and my aunt are both lawyers... That name just went from "oh, lovely" to "awesome".

I think I'll have to google that saint :)

Impwood Says:


In most countries where Ivo is well-used, the pronunciation is "EEV-o", so it shares its first syllable with Eva. The natural English adaption would be "EYE-vo", though, so with the I pronounced as in Isaac.

Kate Says:


Ivo is my Grandpa's name, as well as my Dad and Brother's middle name. I also have a great uncle named Ivo. We pronounce it Eye-Voh. Love, Love, LOVE this name.

CarolAnn Says:


I've only heard it pronounced "ee-voh." It's somewhat common in Europe. St. Ivo is one of the patron saints of lawyers and he was known for giving legal help to the poor. Love that history!

Essa Says:


I'd never heard of this until yesterday and since then it keep popping up. I'm unsure how to pronounce it though. Is the I pronounced like in Isaac or Isadore?

SimoneKadele Says:


How is this pronounced?