E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Ivanhoe (3 syl.).
Sir Wilfred, knight of Ivanhoe, is the disinherited son of Cedric of Rotherwood. He is first introduced as a pilgrim, in which guise he enters his fathers hall, where he meets Rowena. He next appears as Desdichado, the Disinherited Knight, in the grand tournament where he vanquishes all opponents. At the intercession of King Richard he is reconciled to his father, and ultimately marries Rowena, his fathers ward. Rebecca, the Jews daughter, to whom he had shown many acts of kindness, was in love with him.
Sir Walter Scott took the name from the village of Ivanhoe, or Ivinghoe, in Bucks, a line in a old rhymed proverbTring King, and Ivanhoehaving attracted his attention.