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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.

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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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ivey research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1644, 1648 and 1646 are included under the topic Early Ivey History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 61 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ivey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 United States in the 17th Century


  • Robt Ivey, who landed in Virginia in 1662

Ivey Settlers in 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

Ivey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Simon Ivey, aged 21, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Sultana"
  • Simon Ivey, aged 21, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1851
  • Harriet Ivey, aged 19, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1851
  • Mary Ivey, aged 26, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "William Stuart"
  • Richard Ivey, aged 47, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Thetis"


Ivey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Ivey, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1876

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  • Olin M. Ivey, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988
  • William P. Ivey, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Alabama, 1948, 1960
  • Mark Ivey, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Arizona 4th District, 1990
  • Kay Ivey (b. 1945), American Republican politician, Alabama State Treasurer, 2003-; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 2004, 2012
  • Jolene Ivey, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 2008
  • J. W. Ivey, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alaska Territory, 1904
  • Glenn Ivey, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 2004
  • Ellis M. Ivey Jr., American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1980
  • Kay Ellen Ivey (b. 1944), American Republican politician, 30th Lieutenant Governor of Alabama (2011-)
  • Bill Ivey, American folklorist, 7th Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts

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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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