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The name Elvin was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. Elvin is based on the Old English personal names Alfwin, and Elwin, as well a collection of other names containing the elements oelf, which means elf, and wine, which means friend.

Early Origins of the Elvin family


The surname Elvin was first found in Devon where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Alwinetone, later called Alwington. In the Domesday Book Survey of 1086 A.D. this village containing 120 sheep and houses was held by Hamelin from the Count of Mortain, from which the Alwins are conjecturally descended.

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Early History of the Elvin family

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Early History of the Elvin family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Elvin research.
Another 218 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1130, 1175, 1499, and 1564 are included under the topic Early Elvin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Elvin Spelling Variations

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Elvin Spelling Variations


A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Alwin, Alwyn, Elwyn, Elwyn, Elvin, Elvins, Elvyn, Alvin, Allwin, Allwyn, Ellwyn, Ellwin and many more.

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Early Notables of the Elvin family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Elvin family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Elvin family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Elvin family to the New World and Oceana


Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Elvin or a variant listed above:

Elvin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert John Elvin, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1835 [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)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Elvin (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Elvin (post 1700)


  • Herbert Lionel Elvin, Director of the University of London Institute of Education

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  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)

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