The name Ivy has English and Latin origins and means "vine." It's derived from the Old English word for the ivy plant, "ifig." Ivy also has roots in ancient Greek culture as a sign of fidelity. Greek couples were often given wreaths of ivy as symbols of eternity and faithfulness.
Ivy is, of course, also the name of the versatile, climbing, evergreen plant. Ivy can thrive in many conditions, and with the right care is known to be one of the most beautiful and vibrant cascading plants around.
As a baby name, Ivy is simple and charming. Similar to other nature and plant-themed names, like Rose, Fern, and Holly, Ivy is fitting for nature-loving parents looking for a slightly quirky yet lively name. Both holly and ivy are traditionally used at Christmas time and in celebration of the winter solstice, making both names meaningful choices for December babies.
Ivy is pronounced "EYE-vee" and is commonly used as a girl's name. Spelling variations don't stray too far from the traditional "Ivy," though you may occasionally see the name spelled as Ivee, Ivey, or Ivie. Ivy is a short and sweet name on its own and doesn't lend itself too well to nicknames, but some possible options include Vee and Vivi. Ivy could also be used as a shortened version of the name Ivanna.
This botanical name became popular in the United States in the late 1800s, when naming girls after plants, trees, and flowers became all the rage. It has remained in the top 1,000 names in the U.S. since the early 1900s, but Ivy really took off in the past decade. That's thanks in part to celebrity parents Beyoncé and Jay-Z, who named their first daughter Blue Ivy in 2012. Ivy was in the top 100 most popular names on the Social Security Administration's list in 2020.
Given its charm and symbolism, Ivy is likely to remain a favorite among parents for years to come.
Blue Ivy Carter : Daughter of American musicians Beyoncé and Jay-Z
Ivy Compton-Burnett : English novelist best known for her novel Mother and Son, which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1955
Ivy Baker Priest : American politician who served as Treasurer of the United States from 1953 to 1961
Ivy Austin : American actress, singer, and voiceover artist
Ivy Compton-Burnett : writer
Ivy Faulkner : model