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The name Elvins reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It 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.

Elvins Early Origins



The surname Elvins 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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Elvins Spelling Variations


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Elvins Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Elvins have been found, including Alwin, Alwyn, Elwyn, Elwyn, Elvin, Elvins, Elvyn, Alvin, Allwin, Allwyn, Ellwyn, Ellwin and many more.

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Elvins Early History


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Elvins Early History



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

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Elvins Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Elvins Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Elvins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. 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 Elvins were among those contributors:

Elvins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Hanna Elvins settled in Virginia in 1670

Elvins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John and William Elvins landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1853 and 1857

Elvins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Elvins arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constitution" in 1851
  • James Elvins arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constitution" in 1851

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Contemporary Notables of the name Elvins (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Elvins (post 1700)



  • Politte Elvins (1878-1943), American politician, U.S. Representative from Missouri
  • Robert Mark "Rob" Elvins (b. 1986), English footballer
  • Father Mark Turnham Elvins OFMCap (1939-2014), English clergyman, Warden of Greyfriars, Oxford until its closure in 2008

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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    The Elvins Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Elvins 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.

    This page was last modified on 8 December 2014 at 05:37.

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