Ivye History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Ivye is an ancient Anglo-Saxon surname that came from the baptismal name Ive. The surname Ivye 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 Ivye family

The surname Ivye 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 Ivye family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ivye research. Another 140 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1461, 1502, 1569, 1639, 1595, 1641, 1644, 1648, 1646, 1678, 1745, 1678, 1692, 1696, 1700, 1702, 1717 and 1745 are included under the topic Early Ivye History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ivye 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. Ivye has been recorded under many different variations, including Ivey, Ivye, Ivie and others.

Early Notables of the Ivye family (pre 1700)

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...
Another 51 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ivye Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Ivye family

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 Ivye or a variant listed above: 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.


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