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Ivo History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: French , German


The German surname Ivo has several possible origins. Firstly, the surname may be of patronymic origin, derived from the name of the father of the original bearer. In this instance, the surname Ivo comes from the Frisian personal name Ibo, which stem from either the Old High German "iwa" meaning "yew" tree, or from the Old High German "hiltja" meaning "battle, handle of a sword." Or the name could come from the Frisian personal name Eybe, a short from of Eilbert. Also Ibing, which is documented in the sources, can be a short form of Ibbers or Ibbeken. The name Ivo, also appears in sources as a female personal name, as in Yba in Hamburg in the 13th century, and Ybika in Westphalia in 1275. Thus the surname can also be matronymic, derived from the personal name of the mother. Alternatively, the surname Ivo can be of locative origin, from a geographical feature near which the original bearer of the name once lived or held land. Here, we find the surname Ivo again deriving from the Old High German "iwa" meaning "yew" tree, suggesting that the bearer lived nest to such a tree. Also, the surname Ivo may be of toponymic origin, derived from the name of the place where the original bearer of the name once lived or held land. There are many towns with the element "Ibe" in Germany, such as Ibach, Ibendahl, Eiba, Eibau, and Ibendorf. In Hamburg and Flensburg, the "b" often appears as a "p," creating names like Ipsen.


Early Origins of the Ivo family


The surname Ivo was first found in Lower Saxony, where the name is connected to Bremen and Hamburg. The name also appears often in Röstock, in Mecklenburg. However, the surname Ivo can be traced back to 13th century Carinthia, where one named Ivo was the archbishop in 1254. Jacob Ybing resided in Hamburg in 1266, and Godeke Yben filius Ybonis in Stralsund in 1300. Ybo de Frisia was recorded in 1301. Konrad von der Ybe was a resident of Freiberg in Saxony in the year 1412, and Franz Yban was the archpriest of that city in 1425.

Early History of the Ivo family


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Ivo Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Iben, Ibe, Iber, Ibsen, Ipsen, Ibing, Iba, Iva, Ihbe, Eibe and many more.

Early Notables of the Ivo family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Ivo family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Christoph Ibe, who served as a mercenary soldier with the British during the American Revolution, and settled in North America in 1778; and Richard Friedrich Eduard Ipsen, who settled in Iowa in 1867. Hausrentz Iber arrived in Baltimore in 1869.

Contemporary Notables of the name Ivo (post 1700)


  • José Ivo Sartori (b. 1948), Brazilian politician
  • Sandro Ivo Bartoli (b. 1970), Italian pianist
  • Ivo Caprino (1920-2001), Norwegian film director and writer, best known for his puppet films and for developing Ivo Caprinos Supervideograf, a type of cinema technology used several places in Norway
  • Ivo Hélcio Jardim de Campos Pitanguy (1926-2016), Brazilian plastic surgeon based in Rio de Janeiro
  • Ivo James Benedict Stourton (b. 1982), British author and solicitor
  • General Sir Ivo Ivo Lucius Beresford Vesey KCB KBE CMG DSO (1876-1975), British Army officer, Chief of the General Staff in India
  • Ivo Neame (b. 1981), British jazz pianist and saxophonist
  • Ivo Iaconi (b. 1956), Italian football manager and former player
  • Ivo Livi (1921-1991), birth name of Yves Montand, a French actor and singer
  • Ivo Filipe Cerqueira Damas (b. 1977), Portuguese retired footballer

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