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Where did the Scottish Ervin family come from? What is the Scottish Ervin family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ervin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ervin family history?

It was in the Scottish/English Borderlands that the Strathclyde-Briton people first used the ancient name Ervin. It was a name for someone who lived in the parish of Irving in the county of Dumfriesshire or from Irvine in Strathclyde. The names have become indistinguishable over time.

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Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Ervin has appeared as Irwin, Erwin, Irvine, Irving, Urwin, Erwine, Ervin, Erwing, Ervynn, Ervine, Erwynn, Irwing, Irwryn and many more.

First found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area. According to family lore, they descend from Duncan "the first of Eryvine," killed at the battle of Duncrub in 965. As far as records are concerned, the earliest listed was William de Irwin, an armor bearer to King Robert the Bruce. He received a grant of lands encompassing the Forest of Drum, on the banks of the River Irvine. And it was here that he had Drum Castle built which would become the family seat of the Clan for centuries. The river originally was named Lar Avon, or West River. Robert de Hirvine, ancestor of that previous William was mentioned in a Charter dated 1226 and he was at that time tenant of the Douglas Clan. From 1331-33 the family received further grants of land and by 1400 had become a very predominant family. The Chief of the Irvines lead his Clansmen in the Battle of Harlaw in 1511. Sir Alexander Irvine was slain there, and it was said of him: 'Gude Sir Alexander Irvine, The much renowned Laird of Drum.'


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ervin research. Another 241 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1057, 1376, 1323, 1976, 1411 and are included under the topic Early Ervin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Ervin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Ervin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 275 words(20 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them:

Ervin Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Andrew Ervin, a boy of 16, landed in Barbados in 1684

Ervin Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Sarah Ervin, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • John Ervin, who arrived in Virginia in 1705

Ervin Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Charles Ervin, who arrived in South Carolina in 1814
  • Thomas Ervin, aged 35, arrived in America in 1821
  • Saml Ervin, who arrived in South Carolina in 1821
  • Christopher Ervin, who landed in New York in 1834
  • George Ervin, who arrived in Arkansas in 1891


Ervin Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Purl James Ervin, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • Spencer Ervin, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Thomas S. Ervin, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States, in 1912
  • Charles Edward Ervin, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1913
  • Ralph Ervin, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1914


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  • Booker Telleferro Ervin II (1930-1970), American tenor saxophone player
  • Lauren Ervin (b. 1985), American women's basketball player
  • Anthony Lee Ervin (b. 1981), American three-time gold and silver medalist swimmer at the 2000 Summer Olympics
  • Howard M. Ervin (1915-2009), American scholar and pastor
  • James Ervin (1778-1841), American politician, U.S. Representative from South Carolina
  • Joseph Wilson Ervin (1901-1945), American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina
  • Lisa Ervin (b. 1977), American retired three-time silver medalist figure skater
  • Mallory Ervin (b. 1985), American beauty pageant winner, Miss Kentucky 2009, 4th runner-up to Miss America 2010
  • Richard Ervin (1905-2004), American jurist, Florida Attorney General (1949 to 1964)
  • Samuel James "Sam" Ervin Jr. (1896-1985), American politician, U.S. Senator from North Carolina (1954 to 1974)

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  • Guide to 500 Early Irwin/Ervin etc. Families in the United States with Adult Children Prior to the 1850 Census by L. M. Irwin.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Candide et constanter
Motto Translation: Fairly and firmly.

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The Ervin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ervin Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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