[ 3 syll. i-vo-ry, iv-ory ] The baby boy name Ivory is also used as a girl name, with the latter form being somewhat more common. Its pronunciation is AYVah-Riy- †. Ivory's origin, as well as its use, is in the English language. Its meaning is derived literally from the vocabulary word 'ivory'. The name refers to the hard substance of elephant tusks, which is used to make jewelry.
Ivory is a rare baby name for boys. At the modest peak of its usage in 1906, 0.017% of baby boys were given the name Ivory. It ranked at #447 then. The baby name has since suffered a steep loss in popularity, and is now of infrequent use. Out of all boy names in its group, Ivory was nonetheless the most commonly used in 2018. Though Ivory is somewhat used more commonly as a girl name today, there was a period before 1979 that it was more popular with boys. From 1982 on, increasingly more girls than boys were named Ivory.
† Pronunciation for Ivory: AY as in "side (S.AY.D)" ; V as in "vow (V.AW)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"