Alwin is one of the many names that the Normans
brought with them when they conquered England
in 1066. The name Alwin came from the Old English personal names Alfwin,
as well a collection of other names containing the elements oelf,
which means elf,
which means friend.
Early Origins of the Alwin family
The surname Alwin was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the manor of Alwinetone, later called Alwington. In the Domesday Book
Survey of 1086 A.D. this village containing 120 sheep and houses was held by Hamelin from the Count of Mortain, from which the Alwins are conjecturally descended.
Early History of the Alwin family
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Alwin Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Alwin has been recorded under many different variations, including Alwin, Alwyn, Elwyn, Elwyn, Elvin, Elvins, Elvyn, Alvin, Allwin, Allwyn, Ellwyn, Ellwin and many more.
Early Notables of the Alwin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Alwin family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Alwins were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Alwin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Richard Alwin, who landed in Virginia in 1703 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)
- Jacob Alwin, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1741