Ivan vs George - What's the difference?

ivan | george |

As proper nouns the difference between ivan and george

is that ivan is a given name derived from Russian of English speakers while George is a given name derived from Ancient Greek.

As a noun George is

a coin with King George's profile.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) , and from Ivan in several (etyl) languages, all of them cognates of the English John.

Proper noun

(en proper noun)
  • of English speakers.
  • * 2010 (Kate Atkinson), Started Early, took My Dog , Doubleday, ISBN 9780385608022, page 66:
  • *:Amy's husband was called Ivan. Ivan''' the Terrible'', Barry always called him, naturally. '' Ivan ? What kind of name is that?' he said to Tracy after Amy's engagement was announced. 'Bloody Russian.'
  • *:'Actually, I think it's because he had a Norwegian grandfather', Tracy said.
  • 'Norwegian?' Barry said incredulously, as if she'd just announced that Ivan' s family came from the moon.
  • A transliteration of the Russian male given name .
  • (slang) A Russian.
  • (slang) Russians .
  • Ivan is planning an attack on our flank.

    Etymology 2

    Rare variant of English Evan, from (etyl) Ifan, the Welsh equivalent of John.

    Proper noun

    (en proper noun)
  • of Welsh origin.
  • * 1833 (George Newenham Wright), Scenes in North Wales , T. T. and J. Tegg, page 137:
  • Dafydd ap Ivan ap Einion, an adherent to the house of Lancaster held out, in Harlech Castle, for nine years after the accession of Edward the Fourth to the throne of England.


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    (wikipedia George)

    Proper noun

    (en proper noun)
  • .
  • * ~1594 William Shakespeare: Richard III : Act V, Scene III:
  • Our ancient word of courage, fair Saint George , / Inspire us with the spleen of fiery dragons!
  • * 1830 (Mary Russell Mitford), Our Village: Fourth Series: Cottage Names:
  • George and Charles are unlucky in this respect; they have no diminutives, and what a mouthful of monosyllables they are! names royal too, and therefore unshortened. A king must be of a very rare class who could afford to be called by shorthand;
  • * 1977 (Joyce Grenfell), Nursery School:
  • George ... don't do that!
  • or Georgia; also used in the conjoined name George Ann(e).
  • * 1942 (Enid Blyton), ''(Five on a Treasure Island), Brockhampton Press (1974), ISBN 0340174927, page 18:
  • 'No,' she said, 'I'm not Georgina.' 'Oh!' said Anne, in surprise. 'Then who are you?' 'I'm George',' said the girl. 'I shall only answer if you call me ' George . I hate being a girl.'

    Derived terms

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    (en noun)
  • (slang, archaic) A coin with King George's profile.
  • Take the Georges , Pew, and don’t stand here squalling. — Robert Louis Stevenson.


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