In the middle of the 15th century the territory around modern Ivankiv was called Zemlya Trudinivska (Trudinivska Land). It was a property of Kiev boyar Olehnja Juhnovich. In 1524 King of Poland Sigismund I the Old gave this land to Kiev Burgess Tishko Proskura. In 1589 Ivan Proskura became the owner of this land. The town was founded in 1589 and named after Ivan Proskura. At first it was called Ivaniv and Ivanivka, which were later changed to Ivankiv. At the beginning of the 17th century Crimean Tatars made four military campaigns on Polesia and as a result many people in Ivankiv were killed, taken prisoner and sold into slavery.