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Where did the English Calvin family come from? What is the English Calvin family crest and coat of arms? When did the Calvin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Calvin family history?Calvin is an ancient Anglo-Saxon surname that came from the baptismal name Calvin. This surname contains roots in both French and English origin. In some cases, this surname was also used as a nickname to mean someone who is bald.
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Calvin has been recorded under many different variations, including Colvin, Colvinne, Calvin and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Calvin research. Another 338 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1040, 1066, and 1086 are included under the topic Early Calvin History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Calvin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Calvin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 110 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Calvin or a variant listed above:
Calvin Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Calvin Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Calvin Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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: In hoc signo vinces
Motto Translation: Under this sign thou shall conquer.
The Calvin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Calvin 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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