Posted by: Author | April 11, 2014

Friday Facts- April 11, 2014- Ivy League

Do you know how the Ivy League colleges got their name? Nope, it’s not the fact that the buildings are old and ivy grows on them.

The first Ivy League schools were Harvard, Yale, Columbia and Princeton. They played each other in sports and there were only four of them. They used the roman numeral for 4 which is IV.

When IV League was pronounced, it was said as if written out so it sounded like IVY. Imagine if they’d called it 4 League.  LOL

By the way, Veritas means Truth for those of you who wondered about the Harvard logo. It comes from the Roman Goddess of Truth named Veritas. She was the daughter of Saturn and the mother of Virtue. The IV League sure liked their Romans, yeah?



  1. Another great fact. Not as romantic and visualizing the ivy covered walls of an old building. But now we know. I know I’ve said this before, but I really like these Friday Facts Jillian.

    • Yeah. I love the idea of the ivy walls, too Lavada. Glad you enjoyed.


  2. I did not know this. Well, I knew Veritas, but not how Ivy came about. Cool. I’m with Lavada. I like Friday Facts. 🙂

    • I love this fact, too. It seems a lot of folks think the ivy on the walls is the answer and I did too for a long time. Glad you enjoy the facts.

  3. And here I thought my house with its ivy would fit right in! LOL.How interesting.Thanks; I love learning this type of thing. Keep them coming!

    • Nope. Won’t fit in. Lol.


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