The name Ivany is of Anglo-Saxon
origin. It was name for 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 Ivany family
The surname Ivany was first found in Huntingdonshire where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Ivany family
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Ivany Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Ivany have been found, including Ivany, Ivimey, Iviormy, Ivamy, Iveney, Ivanny and many more.
Early Notables of the Ivany family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ivany family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Ivany Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Nicholas Ivany, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1755 CITATION[CLOSE]
Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
Contemporary Notables of the name Ivany (post 1700)
- Linda C Ivany, Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences at Syracuse University
- Peter Alexander Ivany, Australian born media mogul, the CEO of Hoyts from 1988 to 1999