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Ives is the English version of the French name Yves, from Ivo/Yvo, meaning ‘Yew’. Yew wood is known for being used in archery to make bows.

Saint Ives (or Ivo), known as the advocate of the poor, was a Breton priest from the Middle Ages. He is the patron saint of Brittany, lawyers and orphans, and is often depicted with a purse and a scroll.

Ives is a strong name, and despite its heritage, does not sound too old-school. It has that voguish ‘V’ sound, and can also make a great nickname to longer sounding names like Ivy, Ivan, and Ivana.

Ives fits in well with names like Miles, Lon, Rye, Kai and Viola.