Show ContentsAlwin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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, and Elwin, as well a collection of other names containing the elements oelf, which means elf, and wine, which means friend.

Etherlwine, Aethelwine or Ailwin (died 922), was a Saxon ealdorman (royal official) of East Anglia, fourth and youngest son of the ealdorman Aethelstan, called the Half-king. [1]

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.

One of the first records of the family was Henry Fitz Ailwyn, Lord Mayor of London (1189-1211.)

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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United States Alwin migration to the United States +

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 [2]
  • Jacob Alwin, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1741

Contemporary Notables of the name Alwin (post 1700) +

  • Timothy Alwin Hotte (b. 1963), English former professional footballer who payed from 1981 to 1898
  • Alwin Bully (1948-2023), Dominican cultural administrator, playwright, actor and artist, who designed the national flag of Dominica
  • Alwin Lopez "Al" Jarreau (1940-2017), American singer and musician
  • Alwin Wangner, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1952 [3]
  • Alwin M. Jucheim Jr., American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 10 aerial victories

  1. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. 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)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from on Facebook