Colvin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Colvin family

The surname Colvin was first found in Kirkcudbrightshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Chille Chuithbheirt), part of the present day Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, former county in Southwestern Scotland, where the family held a family seat in ancient times.

Early History of the Colvin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colvin research. Another 156 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1262, 1280, 1289, 1290, 1296, 1298, 1332, and 1388 are included under the topic Early Colvin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Colvin Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Culwen, Culewen, Culwenne, Colwen, Colwenn, Colwenne, Collewen, Coleven, Culeven, Colven, Colvin and many more.

Early Notables of the Colvin family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Colvin family to Ireland

Some of the Colvin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 50 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Colvin migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Colvin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Colvin who settled in Maryland in 1714
  • William Colvin, who settled in Maryland in 1714
  • William Colvin, who landed in Maryland in 1714 [1]
  • Hugh Colvin, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1773
  • Hugh Colvin, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1773
Colvin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Colvin, who arrived in America in 1806 [1]
  • John Colvin, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811 [1]
  • Jame Colvin, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811 [1]
  • Jane and John Colvin, who settled in Philadelphia in 1811
  • Marjory Colvin, who arrived in New York in 1822 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Colvin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Colvin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

Australia Colvin migration to Australia +

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

Colvin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Meshach Colvin, British Convict who was convicted in Kent, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Caledonia" on 5th July 1820, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [3]
  • Mr. Anthony Colvin, English convict who was convicted in London, England for life, transported aboard the "Bardaster" on 7th September 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • G.R. Colvin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Athenian" in 1849 [5]
  • Ann Colvin, aged 28, a housemaid, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Joseph Soames" [6]

New Zealand Colvin 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:

Colvin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Gavin Colvin, aged 31, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wairoa" in 1877
  • Janet Colvin, aged 25, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wairoa" in 1877
  • Mr. George Colvin, (b. 1857), aged 22, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Stad Haarlem" arriving in Lyttleton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th April 1879 [7]
  • Mrs. Emily Colvin, (b. 1859), aged 20, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Stad Haarlem" arriving in Lyttleton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th April 1879 [7]
  • Miss Emily Colvin, (b. 1877), aged 2, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Stad Haarlem" arriving in Lyttleton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th April 1879 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Colvin (post 1700) +

  • Ruth Johnson Colvin (b. 1916), American founder of the non-profit organization Literacy Volunteers of America, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006
  • Verplanck Colvin (1847-1920), American lawyer, author, illustrator and topographical engineer who helped create New York's Forest Preserve and the Adirondack Park, eponym of Mount Colvin, New York
  • Addison Beecher Colvin (1858-1939), American businessman, banker and politician, New York State Treasurer from 1894 to 1898
  • Jack Colvin (1934-2005), American character actor of theater, film and television, best known for his role as tabloid reporter Jack McGee on The Incredible Hulk (1977 to 1982)
  • Marie Catherine Colvin (1956-2012), American journalist who worked for The Sunday Times, killed covering the siege of Homs in Syria
  • Shawn Colvin (b. 1956), American musician from Vermillion, South Dakota
  • Harvey Doolittle Colvin (1815-1892), American politician, Mayor of Chicago, Illinois (1873–1875) for the People's Party
  • Claudette Colvin (b. 1939), American activist for African American rights
  • John Russell Colvin (1807-1857), British civil servant in India, Lieutenant-Governor of the North-West Provinces of British India during the mutiny of 1857 [8]
  • Mark Colvin (1952-2017), Australian journalist and broadcaster on the ABC Radio network from 1997 to 2017
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Colvin +

  • 1445 "The Colvins of Fayette: Some Descendants of Dr. William Colvin of Glasgow, Scotland" by Richard Hathaway, "The Colvins, Oregon Pioneers" by Stephen O. Stout.

  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. 19)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/caledonia
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bardaster
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ATHENIAN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Athenian.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOSEPH SOMES / SOAMES 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850JosephSomes.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020


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