Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
The origin of the English surname Ivall is unclear. Dennis Ivall speculated that it could be from the village of Ifield (pronounced Ivel) near Crawley in Sussex. Ifield comes from Old English "iw feld" meaning open land by a yew tree. Another possibility is that the Ivalls are descended from John Ivell, a Hugenot who became an English denizen on 29 October 1550, although I have no evidence to support this theory.
The Canadian surname Ivall seems to be derived from the Scottish surname Ival (see below).
Most English Ivalls can be traced back to William Ivall (1699-1773) who lived in the Hampshire village of Bentworth (near Alton). Interesting descendants of his include :
David Ivall (1795-1850), a highly successful coachmaker whose business in Tottenham Court Road, London had numerous wealthy clients. His crest is given above. The motto means 'By defending, I conquer'. After he died the company became Ivall and Large, which continued until 1912.
David James Ivall (1830-1873), an artist who had 4 pictures displayed at the Royal Academy. He was also a proprietor of Ivall and Large, the coachbuilders.
James Ivall (1867-1920), one of the largest bookmakers of his time and owner of several racehorses.
Daniel Durnford Ivall (1905-2000), Assistant Chief Officer of the Middlesex Fire and Ambulance Service. He was in charge of the rescue following the Harrow Train Crash in 1952 (in which 112 people died) and was awarded an OBE.
The Canadian Ivalls are descended from Alexander "Sandy" Ivall who was born in Scotland c 1832 and emigrated to Canada c 1837, settling in the Cote St Gabriel area, about 30 miles NW of Montreal in Quebec. His name is given as Ival in the 1881 Canadian Census. Ival was a relatively common name in Moray in Scotland, where Alexander came from.
According to the 1881 census on the FamilySearch website there were 32 Ivalls in England and Wales, of which 7 are actually Ivatts. However, I have found a further 16 Ivalls whose names were mistranscribed, so the total number of true Ivalls is 41. All of these are descended from William Ivall (1699-1773).
In an extract of the Office of National Statistics database for England and Wales in 2002, there were 74 instances of the name Ivall, making it the 39,977th most common name. There were 53 Ivalls in the 2003 electoral register.
The FamilySearch website lists 9 Ivalls (and 7 Ivals) in the 1881 Canada census and 6 Ivalls in the 1880 USA census.
White Pages (telephone directory) list 62 Ivalls in Canada, 6 in the USA, 1 in Australia and 0 in New Zealand (March 2007).
I have data on about 350 English people born with the surname Ivall of whom about 280 are in my family tree. The following information on Ivalls in England and Wales has been recorded
Margaret Ivall Bymoen's book on the Canadian Ivalls can be viewed on http://www.ourroots.ca/e/toc.aspx?id=8533
Data on Ivall marriages in England and Wales between 1837 and 1929 can be searched on Guild marriage archive
The Ivall One-Name Study Blog can be viewed at http://ivall.blogspot.co.uk/
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