Show ContentsElvins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Etherlwine, Aethelwine or Ailwin (died 922), was a Saxon ealdorman (royal official) of East Anglia, fourth and youngest son of the ealdorman Aethelstan, called the Half-king. [1]

Early Origins of the Elvins family

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.

One of the first records of the family was Henry Fitz Ailwyn, Lord Mayor of London (1189-1211.)

Early History of the Elvins family

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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.

Early Notables of the Elvins family (pre 1700)

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United States Elvins migration to the United States +

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, who settled in Virginia in 1670
Elvins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John and William Elvins, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1853 and 1857

Australia Elvins migration to Australia +

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

Elvins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Elvins, (b. 1814), aged 16, English convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for life for house breaking, transported aboard the "Burrell" on 22nd July 1830, arriving in New South Wales, he died in 1891 [2]
  • George Elvins, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constitution" in 1851 [3]
  • James Elvins, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constitution" in 1851 [3]

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

  1. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th November 2020). Retrieved from
  3. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTITUTION 1851. Retrieved on Facebook