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Ivar (Old Norse Ívarr) is a Scandinavian masculine given name. Another variant of the name is Iver, which is more common in Norway. The Old Norse name has several possible etymologies. In North Germanic phonology, several of the elements common to Germanic names became homophonous. The first element Ívarr may contain yr "yew" and -arr (from hari, "warrior"), but it may have become partly conflated with Ingvar, and possibly Joar (element "horse"). The second element -arr may alternatively also be from geir "spear" or it may be var "protector".[1] The name was adopted into English as Ivor, into Gaelic as Ìomhar, and into Latvian as Ivars.

People called Ivar[edit]


Fictional characters[edit]

  • Ivar the Timewalker, Valiant Comics universe
  • Ivar Barfoth, character in the Swedish writer Hjalmar Bergman`s novel Markurells of Wadköping ( 1919 ) and Me, Ljung and Medardus ( 1923 )

Businesses called Ivar[edit]

  • IVAR, an American lifestyle brand of urban commuting and travel backpacks based on a patented design. Based in San Francisco, CA, and founded in 2006 by consumer product entrepreneur and designer Ian Ivarson.
  • Ivar London, British lifestyle company for the home founded in 2013 by Patrick Dougherty in London whose website is at ivarlondon.com. Sought after for design and products for the home.

See also[edit]

  • Ivars, Latvian masculine given name derived from Ivar


  1. ^ nordicnames.de, citing Lena Peterson: Nordiskt runnamnslexikon (2002), Árni Dahl: Navnabókin (2005), Kristoffer Kruken og Ola Stemshaug: Norsk Personnamnleksikon (1995), Roland Otterbjörk: Svenska förnamn (1979).