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Multiple Origins for the Surname Calvin


English


Calvin is an ancient Anglo-Saxon surname that came from the baptismal name Calvin. This surname contains roots in both French and English origin. In some cases, this surname was also used as a nickname to mean someone who is bald.

Calvin Early Origins



The surname Calvin was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Calvin Spelling Variations


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Calvin Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Calvin has been recorded under many different variations, including Colvin, Colvinne, Calvin and others.

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Calvin Early History


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Calvin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Calvin research. Another 338 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1040, 1066, and 1086 are included under the topic Early Calvin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Calvin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Calvin Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Calvin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Calvin In Ireland


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Calvin In Ireland



Some of the Calvin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 110 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Calvin or a variant listed above:

Calvin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Francis Calvin, who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Fra Calvin, who arrived in Virginia in 1654 [1]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)

Calvin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Calvin, who settled in Georgia in 1734

Calvin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Calvin, who settled in New York in 1811
  • Thomas Calvin, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [1]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)
  • Nancy Calvin, who settled in Boston in 1820
  • Nancy Calvin, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1820
  • Danby Calvin, who settled in Vermont
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Calvin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Christo Calvin, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Calvin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Miss. Mary Calvin, aged 6 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Mail" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 17)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Calvin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Calvin (post 1700)



  • William H. Calvin Ph.D., (b. 1939), American theoretical neurophysiologist and professor at the University of Washington
  • Thomas "Tom" Marvin Calvin (b. 1926), former American NFL football halfback from Athens, Alabama
  • Samuel Calvin (1840-1911), American systematic geologist from Iowa
  • Samuel Calvin (1811-1890), American politician, Whig member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania (1849 to 1851)
  • Melvin Ellis Calvin (1911-1997), American chemist who discovered the Calvin cycle for which he received the 1961 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
  • Kathryn Bushkin Calvin (b. 1949), American chief executive officer of the United Nations Foundation
  • Henry Calvin (1918-1975), American comic actor, best known for his role as Sergeant Garcia on the television series Zorro (19571959)
  • Wyn Calvin MBE OStJ, (b. 1926), stage name of Joseph Wyndham Calvin Thomas, Welsh comedian and entertainer often referred to as the "Clown Prince of Wales" and "The Welsh Prince of Laughter"

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Motto


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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: In hoc signo vinces
Motto Translation: Under this sign thou shall conquer.


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Citations


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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. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 17)

Other References

  1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The Calvin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Calvin 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.

This page was last modified on 14 February 2017 at 20:48.

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