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Ivor History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Ivor surname is thought to have derived from an Old Norse personal name Ivarr of uncertain origin. It became a given name in Ireland, Scotland and Wales before becoming a hereditary surname.

Early Origins of the Ivor family


The surname Ivor was first found in Dumbartonshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Ivor family


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Ivor Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: MacIver, MacIvor, MacCure, MacEure, MacUre and many more.

Early Notables of the Ivor family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Ivor family to Ireland


Some of the Ivor family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Ivor family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Angus McIver, who settled in New England in 1685; Angus McIver, Anne McIver and Duncan McIver, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1774; J.McCiver, who settled in Baltimore in 1820 with his wife and children.

Contemporary Notables of the name Ivor (post 1700)


  • William Ivor Passmore (1915-1986), South African boxer at the 1936 Summer Olympics
  • John Ivor Disley CBE (1928-2016), Welsh bronze medalist in the 3000 metres steeplechase at the 1952 Summer Olympics, BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year in 1955
  • Sir Jean Ivor Dunbar (1918-1993), 13th Baronet of Mockrum, Scottish peer
  • Sir Adrian Ivor Dunbar (1893-1977), 12th Baronet of Mockrum, Scottish peer
  • Glyn Ivor Gething (1892-1977), Welsh rugby union player from Neath, member of the Wales National Team (1913)
  • Gilbert Ivor Reece (1942-2003), Welsh international footballer
  • Leon Ivor Mendonca (b. 1934), former West Indian cricketer
  • Richard Ivor Maddocks (1928-1968), Australian first-class cricketer
  • Joseph Ivor Silk, American Savilian Chair of Astronomy at the University of Oxford
  • David Ivor Young (b. 1932), English politician

The Ivor Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Numquam obliviscar
Motto Translation: I will never forget.


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