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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish


There was a native Irish Gaelic name O hEireamhóin, derived from a personal name of uncertain origins that came to be Irvine, but the great majority of this name in Ireland were planters, who arrived from Scotland in the 17th century. In the case of the latter, their name is ultimately derived from at least two place names in Scotland, the parish of Irving in county Dumfriesshire, or from Irvine in Strathclyde.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Irvine, Irving, Ervine, Irwin, Erwin and others.

First found in Dumfriesshire where they were recorded as a family of great antiquity seated with manor and estates in that shire. Records first show the Irving Clan in the year 1057 when they and other Border Clans assisted King Malcolm Canmore in defeating MacBeth and the unruly Pictish Clans to the north. Later records show that Robert Irving held lands in this county in 1226. Gilchrist Irving acquired land in Dumfriesshire in 1376. The barony, the Forest of Drum was passed on to William Irvine in the county of Aberdeenshire in 1324 and this was to remain in the Irving hands for several generations. Sir Alexander Irvine of this estate, fell in the battle of Harlaw in 1411.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Irvine research. Another 182 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1659, 1714, 1740, 1779, 1804, and 1878 are included under the topic Early Irvine History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Irvine Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Irvine family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 247 words (18 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Irvine Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • James Irvine, who landed in New Jersey in 1685

Irvine Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Francis Irvine, aged 32, landed in New York in 1800
  • Alex Irvine, aged 21, landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Chas Irvine, who landed in America in 1805
  • Gerard Irvine, who landed in America in 1805
  • Margaret Irvine, aged 23, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805


Irvine Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Samuel Irvine, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • Michael Irvine, aged 5, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the barque "Ceres" from Sligo
  • Janet Irvine, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1848

Irvine Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Alexander Irvine arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848
  • Elizabeth Irvine arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1848
  • Thomas Irvine, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Marion"
  • William Irvine, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Thetis"
  • Thomas Irvine, aged 39, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Thetis"


Irvine Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Mr Irvine landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Arab
  • Thomas Irvine, aged 32, a shoemaker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arab" in 1841
  • Eliza Irvine, aged 34, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arab" in 1841
  • Edward Irvine, aged 32, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • James Irvine, aged 26, a ploughman, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874


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  • James Irvine (1793-1835), American educator and Presbyterian minister, 2nd President of Ohio University from 1822 to 1824
  • Alexander Christian "Alex" Irvine (b. 1969), American fantasy and science fiction writer
  • Major-General Willard Wadsworth Irvine (1892-1969), American Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, War Department General Staff (1944-1945)
  • Harry Irvine, American politician, Mayor of Cumberland, Maryland, 1939-42
  • Mrs. H. G. Irvine, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1936
  • Gordon F. Irvine, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1944
  • Frank Irvine (1858-1931), American Democrat politician, District Judge in Nebraska 4th District, 1891-93; Justice of Nebraska State Supreme Court, 1893-99
  • Frances L. Irvine, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Florida, 1992
  • Alexander F. Irvine, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 11th District, 1908
  • A. B. Irvine, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Utah, 1932

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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: Nemo me impune lacessit
Motto Translation: No one provokes me with impunity.

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The Irvine Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Irvine 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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