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,
as well a collection of other names containing the elements oelf,
which means elf,
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.
Early History of the Elvin family
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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.
Early Notables of the Elvin family (pre 1700)
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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 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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Elvin (post 1700)
- Herbert Lionel Elvin, Director of the University of London Institute of Education
- John Elvin Shaffner (1911-2001), Canadian businessman and politician from Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia, 26th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia (1978-1984)
- Clarence Elvin Feltner Jr, (1929-2013), American film producer, television broadcaster and telecommunications entrepreneur, known for his work on Carnival Magic (1981)
- Major General Sir Hubert Elvin Rance GCMG GBE CB (1898-1974), British diplomat, the last British Governor of Burma (Myanmar) between 1946 and 1948
- Brigadier-General Stewart Elvin Reimel (1892-1985), American Commanding General New York Ordnance District in 1946 CITATION[CLOSE]
Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Stewart Reimel. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Reimel/Stewart_Elvin/USA.html
- J. Elvin Hagey, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1908 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Elvin Maerle "Sonny" Liles (1919-2005), American NFL football guard who played from 1943 to 1945 for the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Rams
- Elvin Bethea (b. 1946), former American football defensive end, inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
- Elvin Bishop (b. 1942), American blues/rock guitarist
- Elvin Jones (1927-2004), American jazz drummer touted by Life Magazine as "the world's greatest rhythmic drummer"