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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2015

Origins Available: English, Scottish

Where did the Scottish Corwin family come from? What is the Scottish Corwin family crest and coat of arms? When did the Corwin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Corwin family history?

The ancestors of the first family to use the name Corwin were thought to have lived among the Boernician tribe of ancient Scotland. They lived in Cumberland, where it was originally associated with Culwen. Culwen or Culewen is the old spelling of Colvend which was located near the river Urr, Kirkcudbrightshire.


Before the printing press and the first dictionaries appeared, names and other words were often spelled differently every time they were written. Corwin has appeared under the variations Curwen, Curwens, Corwen, Corwyn, Curwyn, Curwin, Curvin, Corwin, Kerwen, Kerwin, Kerwyn, Kervin and many more.

First found in Northumberland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Corwin research. Another 227 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1320, 1379, 1554, 1558, 1559, 1567, 1571, 1621, and 1679 are included under the topic Early Corwin History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 49 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Corwin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


The Scots who crossed the Atlantic were often on the run from poverty as well as persecution. They brought little with them, and often had nothing of their home country to hand down to their children. In the 20th century, Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations have helped the ancestors of Boernician Scots to recover their lost national legacy. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Corwin were among those contributors:

Corwin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mathias Corwin, who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1634
  • Matthias Corwin, who landed in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1634
  • George Corwin, who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1638, from Cumberland, England

Corwin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Corwin, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1848
  • A Corwin, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • J Corwin, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • J R Corwin, who arrived in San Francisco California in 1850

Corwin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Joseph Corwin U.E who settled in Canada c. 1783
  • Mr. Joseph Corwin Sr., U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783


  • Edward Tanjore Corwin (1834-1914), American writer and historian of the Reformed Dutch church
  • Edward Samuel Corwin (1878-1963), American law professor, president of the American Political Science Association
  • Franklin Corwin (1818-1879), American politician, U.S. Representative from Illinois
  • Jane Corwin (b. 1964), Republican nominee for U.S. Congress, NY-26
  • Jeffrey "Jeff" Scott Corwin (b. 1967), American animal and nature conservationist, television show host on Animal Planet
  • Jonathan Corwin (1640-1718), New England merchant, judge in the Salem Witch Trials
  • Moses Bledso Corwin (1790-1872), American politician, U.S. Representative from Ohio
  • Norman Lewis Corwin (1910-2011), American Peabody Medal(2), Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winning writer and producer inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1993
  • Thomas "Tom" Corwin (1794-1865), American politician, U.S. Representative and Senator from Ohio


  • Corwin Ancestry by Robert Gillespie Corwin.

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: Si je n'estoy
Motto Translation: If I were not.


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The Corwin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Corwin 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.

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