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Ivanov (Bulgarian, Russian: Ивано́в, sometimes the stress is on Ива́нов in Bulgarian if it is a middle name, or in Russian as a rare variant of pronunciation), Ivanoff or Ivanow (masculine), or Ivanova (Ивано́ва; feminine) is one of the most common surnames in Bulgaria and the second most widespread surname in Russia after Smirnov.[1] The surname is derived from the male given name Ivan (related to John) and literally means Ivan's. Ivan is derived from the Latin Ioannes and Iohannes, which are forms of the Greek name Iōannēs (Ἰωάννης), originally borne by Hellenized Jews transliterating the Hebrew name Yohanan (יוֹחָנָן‬), "Graced by Yah", or Yehohanan (יְהוֹחָנָן‬), "Yahweh is Gracious".

People with the surname[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]

  • D. D. Ivanov, a fictional character in the Macross universe
  • Pola Ivanova, a fictional character from the James Bond film, A View to a Kill
  • Susan Ivanova, a fictional character in the Babylon 5 universe
  • Yuriy Ivanov, a fictional character in the Beyblade anime series
  • Ivanova, a fictional character in Harry Potter who plays as a chaser for the Bulgarian Quidditch team

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Балановская Е. В., Балановский О. П. (2007). Русский генофонд на Русской равнине (in Russian). Moscow. pp. 165–216. ISBN 978-5-87140-267-2.  See also the web version Archived 2013-05-09 at the Wayback Machine. of the list.