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Darwin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Darwin surname lived beside the river Darwen or Derwent in Lancashire. "Over and Lower Darwen are towns in the ancient parish of Blackburn, Lancashire, so called because located on the small stream the Darwen, a variation of the common river name Derwent. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


Early Origins of the Darwin family


The surname Darwin was first found in Lancashire. The baptismal name Derewen was found in the Domesday Book. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
One of the first listings of the family was found in Oxfordshire in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. Years later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed: Robertus Darwent and Henricus Darwent, walker. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

"The family home of the Darwins in the 17th century was at Cleaton in Lincolnshire, and at Elston in Nottinghamshire. From this stock sprang, last century, the noted Derbyshire Darwins, to which branch Charles Darwin, the great naturalist, belonged. " [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.

Robert Darwin of Elston (1682-1754) was an English physician who discovered the first remains of a Jurassic reptile in 1718 in a stone from a quarry at Fulbeck. He was the ancestor of the famed naturalist Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882.)


Early History of the Darwin family


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Darwin Spelling Variations


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Darwin are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Darwin include: Darwin, Darwen, Derwent, Darwent and others.

Early Notables of the Darwin family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Darwin family to Ireland


Some of the Darwin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Darwin family to the New World and Oceana


Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Darwin or a variant listed above:

Darwin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter Darwin who settled in Barnstable Massachusetts in 1822
  • Lewis Darwin, who landed in New York in 1844 [4]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)

Darwin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mr. William Henry Darwin, aged 25, a schoolmaster, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Navarino" [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Navarino 1857. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/navarino1857.shtml.

Contemporary Notables of the name Darwin (post 1700)


  • Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882), renowned English naturalist and thinker associated with the theory of evolution by natural selection
  • Robert Waring Darwin (1724-1816), of Elston Hall, an English botanist, eldest son of Robert Darwin of Elston
  • Erasmus Darwin MA (1881-1915), English businessman and soldier who was killed in the First World War, grandson of the naturalist Charles Darwin
  • Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802), English physician, natural philosopher, physiologist, slave-trade abolitionist, inventor and poet, grandfather of Charles Darwin
  • Emma L. Darwin (b. 1964), English historical fiction author
  • Emma Darwin (1808-1896), née Wedgwood, English wife and first cousin of Charles Darwin
  • Capt. Edward Levett Darwin (1821-1901), English author who under the pen-name High Elms, wrote Gameskeeper's Manual
  • Charles Waring Darwin (1855-1928), second cousin once removed of Charles Darwin
  • Charles Waring Darwin (1856-1858), youngest son of Charles Darwin
  • Anne Elizabeth "Annie" Darwin (1841-1851), second child and eldest daughter of Charles and Emma Darwin
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Navarino 1857. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/navarino1857.shtml.

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