Edwin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Edwin family

The surname Edwin was first found in Huntingdon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

Important Dates for the Edwin family

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Edwin Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Edwin include Edwin, Edwyn, Edwine, Edwyne, Edwing and others.

Early Notables of the Edwin family (pre 1700)

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Edwin migration to the United States

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Edwin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Edwin, who arrived in Maryland in 1633 [1]
  • James Edwin, aged 18, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Margaret Edwin, who arrived in Maryland in 1656 [1]
  • Susan Edwin, who landed in Virginia in 1666 [1]
  • Thomas Edwin, who arrived in Maryland in 1677 [1]
Edwin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Edwin, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1768 [1]

Edwin migration to Australia

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

Edwin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Edwin (b. 1790), aged 39, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 17th August 1829, sentenced for 14 years for stealing linen, transported aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" on 1st April 1830 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [2]

Edwin 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:

Edwin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Edwin, American settler travelling from Honolulu aboard the ship "Nevada" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 30th June 1871 [3]
  • Enoch Edwin, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1873
  • William Edwin, aged 19, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1873

Contemporary Notables of the name Edwin (post 1700)

  • Walter Edwin, American director and actor
  • John Edwin Haire (1908-1966), Baron Haire of Whiteabbey, a British Labour Party politician, Member of Parliament for Wycombe (1945-1951)
  • Carroll Edwin Spinney (1933-2019), American puppeteer, cartoonist, author, best known for his role as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street from its inception in 1969 until 2018
  • Mr. Thomas Edwin Hirst B.E.M.,, British recipient of the British Empire Medal on 8th June 2018, for services to the community in Wakefield, West Yorkshire [4]
  • Thomas Edwin Caldecott (1878-1951), American pharmacist and politician who served in politics in Alameda County, California, eponym of the Caldecott Tunnel
  • Mr. Charles Edwin Irwin M.B.E.,, British Beekeeper, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Beekeeping and to the community in Glasgow [5]
  • Hugh Edwin Strickland (1811-1853), English geologist, ornithologist, naturalist, and systematist, second son of Henry Eustatius Strickland of Apperley, Gloucestershire
  • Aaron Edwin Penley (1806-1870), English watercolour-painter, contributor to the Royal Academy exhibition in 1835
  • Francis Edwin Birtles (1881-1941), Australian adventurer, photographer, cyclist, and filmmaker from Fitzroy, Victoria
  • Ellsworth Edwin Wareham (b. 1914), American centenarian and retired physician from Loma Linda, California


  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. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 31 October 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1
  5. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
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