[ 2 syll. i-vor, iv-or ] The baby boy name Ivor is pronounced AY-VowR or IY-VowR (English) or AY-VaoR or IY-VaoR †.
1: Ivor's origin is Old Norse, and its use, English, Gaelic, Scandinavian, and Welsh. Ivor is of the meaning 'archer-soldier, bowman'. It is derived from yr meaning 'yew, bow' ; arr 'army, warrior'. Ívarr (Old Norse) is an older form of the name. The old form Ívarr was brought to England by medieval Scandinavian settlers, and it was subsequently adopted in Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. Ivor has from an early date been commonly associated with Ifor, although the two are of strictly different etymologies. The name was borne by an Irish saint.
Ivor has 16 variations that are used in English and foreign languages. English variations include Ifor, Ivarr, Ivore, Ivry, and Yvor.
Variations of Ivor used in foreign languages include Egor (Russian), Ibon (Basque), Igor (Polish, Russian, and Slavic), Iomhair (Scottish), Iomhar (Scottish), Ivar (Scandinavian), Iver (Gaelic, Scandinavian, and Welsh), Ìmhear (Scottish), Ìomhair (Gaelic), Ìomhar (Scottish), and Íomhar (Irish).
2: Ivor is mainly used in the Scottish language and it is of Scottish Gaelic origin. An original form of Ivor is Éibhear (Gaelic). The name is Anglicized from Éibhear.
In addition, Ivor is a variation of Eber (Irish).
Ivor is also a variation (English, Gaelic, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh) of Ifor (Welsh).
Ivor is also a variation (English) of Ingvar (Scandinavian and English). See also the related form, the English Iverson.
Ivor is unusual as a baby name for boys. Its usage peaked modestly in 1902 with 0.005% of baby boys being given the name Ivor. It ranked at #977 then. The baby name has since experienced a decline in frequency, and is today of sporadic use. Among all boy names in its group, Ivor was nonetheless the most regularly used in 2012.
Baby names that sound like Ivor include Ifor, Ivore, Iber, Ifore, Ifour, Ifoure, Ivar, Ivarr, Iver, Ivri, Ivry, Aabhear, Aabher, Aabhyr, Aafrenn, Abear, Abeir, Abhra, Abir, and Abiry.
† Pronunciation for Ivor: AY as in "side (S.AY.D)" ; V as in "vow (V.AW)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; AO as in "ought (AO.T)"
A famous person named Ivor is Composer Ivor Novello, born David Ivor Davies, 15 January 1893 - 6 March 1951, Cardiff, Wales.