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.
Early Origins of the Urwin family
The surname Urwin 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 Urwin family
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Urwin Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Urwin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Urwin family to Ireland
Some of the Urwin family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Urwin family to the New World and Oceana
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 United States in the 17th Century
- William Urwin, who landed in Virginia in 1642 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)
Urwin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- W.C. Urwin, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896
Urwin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Thomas Urwin, aged 19, who emigrated to America from Backworth, England, in 1908
- Sidney Urwin, aged 10, who emigrated to the United States from Norwich, England, in 1908
- Margery Smith Urwin, aged 39, who settled in America from Newcastle, England, in 1908
- Elsie Urwin, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Norwich, England, in 1908
- Sydney L. Urwin, aged 26, who landed in America from Tynemouth, England, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Urwin (post 1700)
- Lindsay Goodall Urwin OGS (b. 1956), Australian-born bishop of the Church of England
- Thomas Urwin (1896-1968), English international footballer
- Thomas William Urwin (1912-1985), British Labour Party politician
- Gregory Lawrence Urwin PSM, CSI (1946-2008), Australian career diplomat, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum
- Sir Basil Urwin Spence (1907-1976), Scottish architect
The Urwin Motto
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.