Ivess is one of the most
uncommon in the world.
With reputed Celtic / Norse origins. As the local village of
Ballysteen was originally named
IVERUS from the original Celtic
tribe of Uibh Rossa who lived there, it is quite probable
that the two local spellings IVISS
& IVESS both directly derive
from variations from the above. If this is the case it would
certainly explain why this surname is not common elsewhere
in the world.
My ancestors left the town of
Askeaton, Limerick, Ireland around 1850 and emigrated to
Australia from Dublin 1852. Later
most of the family moved to New Zealand.
Today there are connected family members in Ireland, New
Zealand, Queensland & Victoria Australia, Canada