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The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Iveigh came from the baptismal name Ive. The surname Iveigh referred to the son of Ive 1 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.

Early Origins of the Iveigh family

The surname Iveigh was first found in Oxfordshire where Geoffrey de Iuoi de Iuei was listed in the Pipe Rolls 1162-1163. 2 Another source confirms this entry, but notes that the same person had a pardon in Oxfordshire in 1156 and that he was also listed in the Pipe Rolls there in 1157. 3

Another source postulates that the name was a "descendant of Ivo (yew); one who came from St. Ives, the name of several places in England." 4

And another notes that "Ivey is a name that has been represented in Egloshayle, [Cornwall] in the forms of Ivy and Ivye, as far back as the reign of Henry VIII." 5

Early History of the Iveigh family

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Iveigh Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Iveigh family name include Ivey, Ivye, Ivie and others.

Early Notables of the Iveigh family

Notables of the family at this time include Thomas Ivie, an English colonial administrator, the third agent of Madras from 1644 to 1648. He organized the first Hindu temple constructed in Madras since the English acquisition in 1646. Edward Ivie (1678-1745), was a Latin poet, born in 1678, was admitted a foundation...
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Migration of the Iveigh family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Iveigh surname or a spelling variation of the name include: William Ivey settled in New York in 1834; John Ivy settled in New York in 1842; S. Ivey settled in San Francisco in 1852.

  1. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  4. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  5. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print. on Facebook