Občina Ivančna Gorica
|— Settlement and Municipality —|
|• Mayor||Dušan Strnad|
|• Total||227.0 km2 (87.6 sq mi)|
|• Density||60/km2 ( 150/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+01)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+02)|
The name Ivančna Gorica literally means 'Ivanko's hill', which is the name of a local hill. While the settlement was still a hamlet, it was known as Pod Ivančno gorico (literally, 'below Ivanko's hill'). Like similar names (e.g., Ivanjkovci, Spodnji Ivanjci, etc.), it is derived from the hypocorism *Ivanko, based on the personal name Ivan 'John'.
Ivančna Gorica did not exist as a settlement until 1945, before which it was a hamlet of Stična and Mleščevo. After the Second World War, the spruce forest on Ivanko's Hill (Slovene: Ivančna gorica) was cleared and houses were built. The number of houses in the settlement grew rapidly during the 1960s.
Church and shrine
The parish church in the settlement is dedicated to Saint Joseph and belongs to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ljubljana. A wayside shrine in the centre of the settlement known as the Abbot's shrine (Slovene: Opatovo znamenje) appears on the coat of arms of the municipality. It was a Roman milestone that was recarved in 1583 on the orders of Laurentius Rainer, the abbot of the Cistercian Abbey at nearby Stična.
Notable people that were born or lived in Ivančna Gorica include:
- Janez Eržen (1929–2009), theater actor
Akrapovič, a Slovenian firm manufacturing motorcycle exhaust systems, is based in Ivančna Gorica.
- Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, census of 2002
- Ivančna Gorica municipal site
- Savnik, Roman, ed. 1971. Krajevni leksikon Slovenije, vol. 2. Ljubljana: Državna založba Slovenije, p. 132.
- Snoj, Marko. 2009. Etimološki slovar slovenskih zemljepisnih imen. Ljubljana: Modrijan and Založba ZRC, pp. 170–171.
- "EŠD 700". Registry of Immovable Cultural Heritage (in Slovene). Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia. Retrieved 21 July 2011.