Origin: Old Norse
Meaning: “yew warrior; bow warrior.”
The name is derived from the Old Norse male name, Ívarr, which is composed of the elements, yr (yew; bow) and arr (warrior). The name was introduced into England via Scandinavian settlers, becoming popular in Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
In Wales, Ivor is an affectionate name for the wind that blows from the East through the Dyfi Valley in Wales and into the Dyfi estuary.
As of 2009, Ivor was the 96th most popular male name in Croatia, while its Scandinavian form of Ivar was the 100th most popular male name in Sweden, (2010) and 309th most popular in the Netherlands, (2010).
Other forms of the name include:
- Ivor (Croatian/English/Welsh)
- Ívarr (Faroese/Icelandic/Old Norse)
- Íomhar (Irish)
- Ivar (Scandinavian)
- Iomhar (Scottish)