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Where did the English Ivey family come from? What is the English Ivey family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ivey family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ivey family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name Ivey comes from the baptismal name Ive. The surname Ivey referred to the son of Ive which belongs to the category of patronymic surnames. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.


Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Ivey were recorded, including Ivey, Ivye, Ivie and others.

First found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ivey research. Another 247 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ivey History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Ivey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Ivey family emigrate to North America:

Ivey Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Robt Ivey, who landed in Virginia in 1662

Ivey Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • William Henry Ivey, who arrived in New York, NY in 1834
  • William Ivey settled in New York in 1834
  • James Ivey, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • S. Ivey settled in San Francisco in 1852


  • Phil Ivey (b. 1976), American professional poker player
  • Dana Ivey (b. 1942), American five-time Tony Award nominated actress, inductee into the American Theatre Hall of Fame (2008)
  • Jean Eichelberger Ivey (1923-2010), American composer of chamber, vocal, orchestral works
  • John E. Ivey Jr. (1919-1992), American educator, executive vice–president at New York University (1957), member of the panel that recommended to John F. Kennedy the creation of the Peace Corps
  • Jolene Ivey (b. 1961), American politician, Member of the Maryland House of Delegates (2003-)
  • Judith Ivey (b. 1951), American two-time Tony Award winning, Primetime Emmy Award nominated actress
  • Mitchell "Mitch" Ivey (b. 1949), American Olympic silver and bronze medalist swimmer
  • Royal Ivey (b. 1981), American basketball player
  • Susan Ivey, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Reynolds American
  • Bill Ivey, American folklorist, 7th Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts




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  11. ...

The Ivey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ivey Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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