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What does Irving mean?

Irving Pronunciation of Irving [irv-ing] as a boys' name is pronounced ER-vin. It is of Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Irving is "green, fresh water". A Scottish surname probably derived from a Celtic river name from Welsh ir, yr afon. Used as given name since the mid-19th century. Composer Irving Berlin; author Irving Stone.

Associated with: gaelic, water, scottish, surname, river, 19th century, stone (rock).


Irving has 8 variants: Earvin, Erv, Ervin, Irv, Irven, Irvin, Irvine and Irvyn.

Affiliated boy name: Erving.

1 feminine form: Irvette.

Creative forms:
(male) Ireing, Irvig, ..

(female) Irvido, Irvivy, ..

Middle name pairings:
Irving Ray (I.R.), ..

How popular is Irving?

Irving is a very popular first name for men (#407 out of 1220, Top 33%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#2372 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Irving reached its peak rank of #106 in the U.S. in the 1910s, and is currently at #1595. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Irving name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Irving outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent alternative forms of Irving (#1595 via latest list) are Earvin, Ervin (#1663 via latest list), Erving, Irven, Irvin (#1486) and Irvine. Usage of these relations of Irving was well-received a century ago (adoption of 0.3%) and has become significantly lower since, with versions such as Irvin becoming less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Irving, Earvin, Ervin, Erving, Irven in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Irvin, Irvine in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Irving and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Arvin, Arvind, Bing, Carling, Darring, Erling, Ervine, Ewing, Goring, Harding, Iain, Ing, Irwin, Irwinn (see Irwin), Irwyn, Ivan, Ivann, Ivano, Iven, Ivon, King, Loring, Lorring, Orvin, Ring and Waring. These names tend to be less commonly used than Irving.

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