England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Ivys comes from the Norman given name Ivo, which contains the first element iv, which indicates that it is a reference to yew tree or one of its products such as the yew bow.
Early Origins of the Ivys family
Lincolnshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Ivys family
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Ivys Spelling Variations
spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Ives, Ivys and others.
Early Notables of the Ivys family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ivys family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Ivys or a variant listed above: Charles Ives settled in Barbados with his wife, children and servants in 1680; Richard Ives settled in Nevis in 1654; Miles Ives settled in Boston in 1630.
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