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Ervin Surname History



The surname Ervin was first used in the Scottish/English Borderlands by an ancient Scottish people called 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.


Early Origins of the Ervin family


The surname Ervin was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn 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.'

Early History of the Ervin family


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Ervin Spelling Variations


The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Ervin has been spelled Irwin, Erwin, Irvine, Irving, Urwin, Erwine, Ervin, Erwing, Ervynn, Ervine, Erwynn, Irwing, Irwryn and many more.

Early Notables of the Ervin family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Ervin family to Ireland


Some of the Ervin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Ervin family to the New World and Oceana


To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were:

Ervin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

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

Ervin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Sarah Ervin, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • John Ervin, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Ervin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Ervin, who arrived in South Carolina in 1814 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Thomas Ervin, aged 35, who arrived in America in 1821 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Samuel Ervin, who arrived in South Carolina in 1821 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Christopher Ervin, who landed in New York in 1834 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • George Ervin, who arrived in Arkansas in 1891 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ervin Settlers in 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Ervin (post 1700)


  • Winfield Ervin Jr. (1902-1985), American politician, Mayor of Anchorage, Alaska
  • Samuel James Ervin III (1926-1999), American jurist, United States federal judge and politician
  • Samuel James "Jimmy" Ervin IV (b. 1955), American jurist, son of Judge Sam Ervin, III
  • Samuel James "Sam" Ervin Jr. (1896-1985), American politician, U.S. Senator from North Carolina (1954 to 1974)
  • Richard Ervin (1905-2004), American jurist, Florida Attorney General (1949 to 1964)
  • Mallory Ervin (b. 1985), American beauty pageant winner, Miss Kentucky 2009, 4th runner-up to Miss America 2010
  • Lisa Ervin (b. 1977), American retired three-time silver medalist figure skater
  • Joseph Wilson Ervin (1901-1945), American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina
  • James Ervin (1778-1841), American politician, U.S. Representative from South Carolina
  • Howard M. Ervin (1915-2009), American scholar and pastor
  • ... (Another 28 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Suggested Readings for the name Ervin


  • 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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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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