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Ivory

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 8 0 8
1882 7 0 7
1883 7 0 7
1884 12 0 12
1885 8 0 8
1886 5 5 0
1887 14 7 7
1888 8 0 8
1889 15 5 10
1890 20 7 13
1891 12 7 5
1892 16 7 9
1893 15 9 6
1894 17 9 8
1895 29 13 16
1896 22 12 10
1897 22 13 9
1898 9 9 0
1899 25 11 14
1900 40 15 25
1901 32 20 12
1902 36 17 19
1903 23 12 11
1904 45 27 18
1905 41 20 21
1906 40 15 25
1907 38 19 19
1908 35 16 19
1909 52 23 29
1910 59 32 27
1911 67 36 31
1912 64 34 30
1913 73 32 41
1914 83 35 48
1915 97 45 52
1916 112 39 73
1917 102 43 59
1918 133 54 79
1919 146 57 89
1920 137 57 80
1921 120 40 80
1922 137 61 76
1923 130 55 75
1924 150 56 94
1925 122 52 70
1926 120 54 66
1927 161 70 91
1928 134 37 97
1929 124 41 83
1930 121 52 69
1931 112 43 69
1932 126 48 78
1933 115 38 77
1934 120 44 76
1935 124 51 73
1936 111 41 70
1937 122 44 78
1938 129 46 83
1939 145 47 98
1940 130 50 80
1941 106 38 68
1942 154 58 96
1943 156 54 102
1944 161 53 108
1945 140 56 84
1946 144 51 93
1947 153 59 94
1948 182 55 127
1949 176 53 123
1950 247 70 177
1951 213 55 158
1952 234 71 163
1953 157 38 119
1954 202 34 168
1955 193 51 142
1956 209 59 150
1957 215 58 157
1958 198 41 157
1959 169 47 122
1960 187 56 131
1961 166 47 119
1962 144 44 100
1963 152 39 113
1964 133 44 89
1965 116 27 89
1966 102 30 72
1967 101 17 84
1968 72 18 54
1969 107 40 67
1970 119 33 86
1971 112 33 79
1972 81 25 56
1973 117 35 82
1974 90 28 62
1975 99 30 69
1976 100 55 45
1977 116 45 71
1978 125 62 63
1979 166 84 82
1980 149 73 76
1981 137 67 70
1982 258 177 81
1983 244 173 71
1984 193 135 58
1985 201 134 67
1986 180 108 72
1987 172 117 55
1988 182 115 67
1989 161 104 57
1990 183 124 59
1991 173 116 57
1992 157 109 48
1993 183 131 52
1994 158 110 48
1995 132 91 41
1996 162 116 46
1997 143 95 48
1998 187 146 41
1999 181 142 39
2000 172 134 38
2001 182 147 35
2002 154 124 30
2003 180 146 34
2004 141 106 35
2005 180 147 33
2006 163 130 33
2007 157 129 28
2008 166 147 19
2009 141 117 24
2010 145 115 30
2011 174 149 25
2012 279 243 36
2013 329 296 33
2014 402 370 32
2015 428 392 36

Fun Facts about the name Ivory

  • How many people with the first name Ivory have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 17,022 babies born with the first name Ivory in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ivory to occupy the territory of Anguilla (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 15,236 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ivory? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Ivory first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ivory is Saturday, August 29th, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Ivory born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ivory was in 2015 with a total of 392 babies.
  • Random Ivory Factoid: According to the 1915 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ivory is not a popular baby girl's name in North Carolina. Imagine that, only 5 babies in North Carolina have the same name as you in 1915.
  • Weird things about the name Ivory: Your name in reverse order is Yrovi. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Iyrvo. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Ivory? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 7,201 people with the last name Ivory.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ivory? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Ivory as their last name.

Where is the name Ivory popular?

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Popularity of Ivory as a first name

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Popularity of Ivory as a last name

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Common last names for Ivory

  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Smith
  • Jackson
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Harris
  • Wilson
  • Robinson
  • Moore
  • White
  • Taylor
  • Green
  • Walker
  • Anderson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ivory U.S.
  White 21.21% 64.26%
  African American 73.18% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.24% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.17% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.01% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.19% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ivory

People with the last name Ivory are most frequently White or African American

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Ivory" mean? The list below shows the origins of Ivory as well as things modernly associated with the name Ivory such as celebrities named Ivory.

English

Origin and Meaning of Ivory

The name "Ivory" is of English origin, and it means "White as Elephant Tusks". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun I"vo*ry
Senses
  1. The hard, white, opaque, fine-grained substance constituting the tusks of the elephant. It is a variety of dentine, characterized by the minuteness and close arrangement of the tubes, as also by their double flexure. It is used in manufacturing articles of ornament or utility.
  2. The tusks themselves of the elephant, etc.
  3. Any carving executed in ivory.
  4. pl.Teeth; as, to show one's ivories .(Slang)

Note: Ivory is the name commercially given not only to the substance constituting the tusks of the elephant, but also to that of the tusks of the hippopotamus and walrus, the hornlike tusk of the narwhal, etc.

Etymology: OE. ivori, F. ivoire, fr. L. eboreus made of ivory, fr. ebur eboris, ivory, cf. Skr. ibha elephant. Cf. Eburnean

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A shade of white the color of bleached bones
  2. A hard smooth ivory colored dentine that makes up most of the tusks of elephants and walruses
Wiktionary

From Middle English ivorie, from Anglo-Norman ivurie, from Latin eboreus (“in or of ivory”) adjective of ebur (“ivory”) (genitive eboris), from Coptic ⲓⲏⲃ (yēb, “elephant”), from Egyptian 3bw.

  1. (uncountable) The hard white form of dentine which forms the tusks of elephants, walruses and other animals.
  2. A creamy white colour, the colour of ivory.
  3. Something made from or resembling ivory.
  4. (collective singular or in plural) The teeth.
  5. (collective singular or in plural) The keys of a piano.
  6. (slang) A white person.

Notable Persons With the Name Ivory

Ivory

Ivory is a wrestler. Ivory was born on November 26th, 1961 in Inglewood, California.

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Ivory Joe Hunter

Ivory Joe Hunter was a rhythm, blues, boogie-woogie, and country music singer-songwriter. He was most prominent from 1933 to 1974. Ivory was born on October 10th, 1914 in Kirbyville, Texas, United States. Ivory is also known as The Baron of the Boogie and The Happiest Man Alive. He left this life on November 8th, 1974.

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Ivory Latta

Ivory Latta is a basketball player for the Washington Mystics, Detroit Shock, Atlanta Dream, Mersin Büyükşehir Belediyesi (women's basketball), and Tulsa Shock in the Women's National Basketball Association. She has been prominent since 2007. Ivory was born on September 25th, 1984 in McConnells, South Carolina.

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Ivory Williams

Ivory Williams is an influential somebody. Ivory was born on May 2nd, 1985 in Jefferson County, Texas.

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Ivory Harris

Ivory Harris is a drug lord. Ivory was born in New Orleans. Ivory is also known as B-Stupid.

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Ivory Lee Brown

Ivory Lee Brown is a football player. Ivory was born on August 17th, 1969 in Palestine, Texas.

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  • Ivory George Kimball
    (lawyer)
  • Ivory Quinby
    (judge)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Ivory

Ivory

Ivory is a wrestler. Ivory was born on November 26th, 1961 in Inglewood, California.

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Chris Ivory

Chris Ivory is an influential somebody. He has been prominent since 2010. Chris was born on March 22nd, 1988 in Longview, Texas.

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James Ivory

James Ivory is a film director. James was given the name James Francis Ivory on June 7th, 1928 in Berkeley, California, U.S.

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Ken Ivory

Ken Ivory is a notable individual.

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Lesley Anne Ivory

Lesley Anne Ivory is an important individual. Lesley was born in 1934 in Luton.

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Helen Ivory

Helen Ivory is a noteworthy individual. Helen was born in 1969 in Luton.

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What does the name Ivory mean?

Iis for intuitive, others should trust your instincts

Vis for volunteer, your giving side.

Ois for outgoing, so sociable are you

Ris for responsible, honoring your obligations

Yis for yes, always open to new possibilities

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Sources: U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain). U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain). 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License). Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License). Wiktionary: Titles and License. Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.

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