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Where did the Scottish Urwin family come from? What is the Scottish Urwin family crest and coat of arms? When did the Urwin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Urwin family history?Among the all the peoples of ancient Scotland, the first to use the name Urwin were the Strathclyde- Britons. 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.
The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Urwin has appeared as Irwin, Erwin, Irvine, Irving, Urwin, Erwine, Ervin, Erwing, Ervynn, Ervine, Erwynn, Irwing, Irwryn and many more.
First found in Dumfriesshire. 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. 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.'
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Urwin research. Another 201 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1057, 1323, 1376, and 1411 are included under the topic Early Urwin History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Urwin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Urwin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 348 words(25 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:
Urwin Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Urwin Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Urwin Settlers in the United States in the 20th 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: Candide et constanter
Motto Translation: Fairly and firmly.
The Urwin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Urwin 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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