The origins of the Ivanney surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name originated with an early member who was a person who because of their personal attributes and characteristics was referred to as Ivy
. In this case the nickname
was originally derived from an old Christmas game, where Ivy-gir
l was the antagonist. This name signifies a young maiden.
Often nicknames described strong traits or attributes that people wished to emulate in a specific animal. In the Middle Ages, anthropomorphic ideas,
which attributed human qualities and form to gods or animals, were held about the characters of other living creatures. They were based on the creature's habits. Moreover, these associations were reflected in folk tales, mythology, and legends which portrayed animals behaving as humans.
Early Origins of the Ivanney family
The surname Ivanney was first found in Huntingdonshire where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Ivanney family
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Ivanney Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Ivanney has been recorded under many different variations, including Ivany, Ivimey, Iviormy, Ivamy, Iveney, Ivanny and many more.
Early Notables of the Ivanney family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ivanney family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Ivanney or a variant listed above: Nicholas Ivany settled in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1755; George Ivymy settled at Trinity in 1757; James Ivamy settled in Bonaventure in 1788; George Ivamy settled in Port Wrexton in 1825.