Irving History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

There was a native Irish Gaelic name O hEireamhóin, derived from a personal name of uncertain origins that came to be Irving, 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.

Early Origins of the Irving family

The surname Irving was 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.

Important Dates for the Irving family

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Irving Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Irving family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Irving family to Ireland

Some of the Irving family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Irving migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Irving Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Irving, who arrived in Maryland in 1740 [1]
  • William Irving, who arrived in New York in 1763 [1]
  • Winifred Irving, who arrived in South Carolina in 1773 [1]
Irving Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John B Irving, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1823 [1]
  • Richard Irving, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1837 [1]
  • Robert Irving, aged 35, who landed in New York, NY in 1849 [1]
  • Joseph B Irving, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • Edward Irving, who arrived in Mississippi in 1851 [1]
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Irving migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Irving Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Irving, aged 52, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Susan" in 1838
  • Molly Irving, aged 48, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Susan" in 1838
  • Mary Irving, aged 23, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Susan" in 1838
  • Margaret Irving, aged 10, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Susan" in 1838
  • Martha Irving, aged 9, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Susan" in 1838
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Irving migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Irving Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Irving, aged 30, a shepherd, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Chatham" [2]
  • James Irving, aged 27, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "China" [3]
  • Mary Irving, aged 30, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "John Bunyan" [4]

Irving migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Irving Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Irving, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Irving, (b. 1816), aged 43, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th August 1859 [5]
  • Miss Helen Agnes Irving, (b. 1847), aged 12, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th August 1859 [5]
  • Miss Georgina Janet Irving, (b. 1849), aged 10, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th August 1859 [5]
  • Henry H. Irving, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Persia" in 1860
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Irving Settlers in New Zealand in the 20th Century
  • David Irving, aged 23, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926
  • Laurence Irving, aged 20, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926
  • Malcolm Irving, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926
  • Jemima Irving, aged 8, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926
  • Marion Irving, aged 6, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926
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Contemporary Notables of the name Irving (post 1700)

  • Kenneth Colin "K.C." Irving OC, ONB (1899-1992), Canadian industrialist who in 1989 became one of the world's fourteen richest men according to Forbes Magazine
  • Washington Irving (1783-1859), American author, best know for his short stories: "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip van Winkle"
  • Blake Irving, American Chief Executive Officer and Board Director of the GoDaddy group of companies
  • Major-General Frederick Augustus Irving (1894-1995), American Superintendent of US Military Academy West Point (1951-1954) [6]
  • James Irving, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 16th District, 1867-71 [7]
  • Henry J. Irving, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 7th District, 1857 [7]
  • Helen M. Irving (b. 1931), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1972, 1980; Member of Democratic National Committee from Michigan, 1973-77 [7]
  • Frederick Irving (b. 1921), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Iceland, 1972; Jamaica, 1977-78 [7]
  • Emma L. Irving, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1924 [7]
  • Don Irving (b. 1898), American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 20th District, 1944, 1946; Chair of Pike County Democratic Party, 1949-65 [7]
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Irving family

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Laurence Brodribb Irving (1871-1914), English First Class Passenger from London, England, United Kingdom travelling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [8]
  • Mrs. Mabel Irving (1880-1914), née Hackney English First Class Passenger from London, England, United Kingdom travelling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [8]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Lillian  Irving (1871-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [9]
HMS Dorsetshire
  • Thomas Andrew Irving (d. 1945), British Leading Seaman aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [10]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. James Chalmers Irving, English, Able Seaman from Urmston, Manchester, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [11]

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)
  2. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHATHAM 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/chatham1852.shtml.
  3. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHINA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/china1852.shtml
  4. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 24th May 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) John Bunyan 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/johnbunyan1854.shtml
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 30) Frederick Irving. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Irving/Frederick_Augustus/USA.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  9. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  10. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  11. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
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