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Ivory

Ivory comes from the hard white substance of dentine formed in the tusks of elephants, walruses, etc. It comes from Latin eboreus (ivory) which could either be derived from a Phoenician or from an Ancient Egyptian source meaning “elephant, ivory”. Ivory is also the name of an off-white creamy color. Ivory is also an English surname either originating as a locational surname via Ivry-la-Bataille, a commune in Normandy, France, which derives from the source above; or it could have originated as a diminutive form of Ivor, an Old Norse name meaning “yew warrior” or “bow warrior” from yr (yew, bow) and arr (warrior). According to Behindthename, Ivory was very popular for boys in the 19th century though in the modern age it’s a popular female name.

Origin: Ancient Egyptian, Phoenician, Proto-Indo-European

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Variants:

  • Ivorie (English)
  • Ivori (English)

 

Male forms:

  • Ivor (Old Norse, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, English)
  • Iomhar (Scottish)
  • Ívarr (Old Norse)
  • Ivar (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)
  • Evander (Scottish, English)

 

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