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PronunciationEnglish: /ˈv/
Serbo-Croatian: [ǐːʋo]
Italian: [ˈiːvo]
Word/nameIvan (for Slavic)
Region of originmedieval France, Normandy; Balkans
Other names
Related namesYves, Ivica, Ivor, Ivaylo, Ives

Ivo is a masculine given name, in use in various European languages. The name used in western European languages originates as a Normannic name recorded since the High Middle Ages, and the French name Yves is a variant of it. The unrelated South Slavic name is a variant of the name Ivan (John).


The name is recorded from the High Middle Ages among the Normans of France and England (Yvo of Chartres, born c. 1040). The name's etymology may be either Germanic or Celtic, in either case deriving from a given name with a first element meaning "yew" (Gaulish Ivo-, Germanic Iwa-).[1] The name may have been spread by the cult of Saint Ivo (d. 1303), patron saint of Brittany.

The Slavic name is a hypocorism, like its variant Ivica.[1]


Ivo has the genitive form of "Ives" in the place name St Ives. In France, the usual variation of the name is Yves. In the Hispanic countries of Latin America, the name is commonly spelled Evo but Ivo is still the more common spelling.

Feminine equivalents of the name include Iva, Eva, and Yvette, amongst others.




Fictional characters[edit]

  • Dr. Ivo Robotnik, also known by the alias Dr. Eggman, the main antagonist of the Sonic the Hedgehog video game series
  • Professor Ivo, a villainous scientist in DC Comics and opponent of the Justice League of America
  • Ivo Shandor, the eccentric designer of the building where the Ghostbusters confront Gozer and its minions
  • Ivo Salvini, main character in Federico Fellini's last film The Voice of the Moon, played by Roberto Benigni
  • Ivo Sackett, father of Barnabas Sackett. Barnabas is the main character of two books by Louis L'amour (Sackett's Land and To the Far Blue Mountains).
  • Ivo Sharktooth, Private Jäger in Phil and Kaja Foglio's gaslamp fantasy webcomic, Girl Genius


  1. ^ a b Campbell, Mike Ivo (Behind the Name: The Etymology and History of First Names)