'Old' Irvington was founded in 1856. When the Northwestern Railway was being built through the Irvington Township in 1881, the town was moved and 'New' Irvington was laid out. The community was named for author Washington Irving.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Irvington, Iowa
- Reed, Benjamin F. (1913). History of Kossuth County, Iowa, Volume 1. S. J. Clarke Publishing Company. pp. 585–586.
- Chicago and North Western Railway Company (1908). A History of the Origin of the Place Names Connected with the Chicago & North Western and Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railways. p. 87.
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