Ervin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

It was in the Scottish/English Borderlands that the Strathclyde-Briton people first used the ancient name Ervin. It was a name for someone who lived in the parish of Irving in the county of Dumfriesshire or from Irvine in Strathclyde. There are a variety of possible origins of the name and we will explore some of them here. One source claims the name was a "descendant of Erewine (sea friend); or one who came from Irvine (green river), in Ayrshire. " [1] Another postulates the name was from "Mac Heremon, 'Here- mon's Son.' Heremon was the seventh in descent from Milesius, and became monarch of all Ireland. [2] And another believes that Irwin was "the Irish form of Irvine. The singular Christian name Crinus, which prevails in the family of I. of Tanragoe, co. Sligo, is traditionally derived from Krynin Abethnas, the second husband of the mother of Duncan, King of Scotland." [3]

Early Origins of the Ervin family

The surname Ervin was first found in Ayrshire, at Irvine, a parish, in the district of Cunninghame, about 26 miles (W. S. W.) from Glasgow.

"[Irvine] derives its name from the river on which it is situated, and appears to have attained a high degree of importance at a very early period. The inhabitants obtained from Alexander II. a charter conferring upon the town all the privileges of a royal burgh; and a charter confirming all previous grants was subsequently given to them by Robert Bruce, in recompense of their services during his wars with England in the reign of Edward I." [4]

Alternatively, the name was "from Irving, the name of an old parish in Dumfriesshire, There are many Irvings (or Irvines as most of the Dumfriesshire families spell the name) here." [5]

According to family lore, they descend from Duncan "the first of Eryvine," killed at the battle of Duncrub in 965. As far as records are concerned, the earliest listed was William de Irwin, an armor bearer to King Robert the Bruce. He received a grant of lands encompassing the Forest of Drum, on the banks of the River Irvine. And it was here that he had Drum Castle built which would become the family seat of the Clan for centuries. The river originally was named Lar Avon, or West River.

Robert de Hirvine, ancestor of that previous William was mentioned in a Charter dated 1226 and he was at that time tenant of the Douglas Clan. From 1331-33 the family received further grants of land and by 1400 had become a very predominant family. The Chief of the Irvines lead his Clansmen in the Battle of Harlaw in 1511. Sir Alexander Irvine was slain there, and it was said of him: 'Gude Sir Alexander Irvine, The much renowned Laird of Drum.'

"Washington Irving (1783-1859), the American author, was son of William Irving, a native of Shapinsay, Orkney." [5]

Important Dates for the Ervin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ervin research. Another 279 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1057, 1376, 1324, 1331, 1332, 1411, 1602, 1587, 1323, 1976, 1411, 1752, 1759, 1762, 1763, 1769, 1455, 1638, 1685, 1689 and are included under the topic Early Ervin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ervin Spelling Variations

Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Ervin has appeared as Irwin, Erwin, Irvine, Irving, Urwin, Erwine, Ervin, Erwing, Ervynn, Ervine, Erwynn, Irwing, Irwryn and many more.

Early Notables of the Ervin family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Adam Irvine, Burgess of Irvine in 1455, doubtless derived his surname from Aberdeenshire. Christopher Irvine ( fl. 1638-1685), was a Scottish physician, philologist, and antiquary, a younger son of Christopher Irvine of Robgill Tower, Annandale, and barrister...
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Migration of the Ervin family to Ireland

Some of the Ervin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 144 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ervin migration to the United States

The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them:

Ervin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Andrew Ervin, a boy of 16, who landed in Barbados in 1684
Ervin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Sarah Ervin, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [6]
  • John Ervin, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [6]
Ervin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Ervin, who arrived in South Carolina in 1814 [6]
  • Thomas Ervin, aged 35, who arrived in America in 1821 [6]
  • Samuel Ervin, who arrived in South Carolina in 1821 [6]
  • Christopher Ervin, who landed in New York in 1834 [6]
  • George Ervin, who arrived in Arkansas in 1891 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Ervin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Purl James Ervin, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • Spencer Ervin, who immigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Thomas S. Ervin, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States, in 1912
  • Charles Edward Ervin, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1913
  • Ralph Ervin, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Ervin (post 1700)

  • Winfield Ervin Jr. (1902-1985), American politician, Mayor of Anchorage, Alaska
  • Samuel James Ervin III (1926-1999), American jurist, United States federal judge and politician
  • Samuel James "Jimmy" Ervin IV (b. 1955), American jurist, son of Judge Sam Ervin, III
  • Samuel James "Sam" Ervin Jr. (1896-1985), American politician, U.S. Senator from North Carolina (1954 to 1974)
  • Richard Ervin (1905-2004), American jurist, Florida Attorney General (1949 to 1964)
  • Mallory Ervin (b. 1985), American beauty pageant winner, Miss Kentucky 2009, 4th runner-up to Miss America 2010
  • Lisa Ervin (b. 1977), American retired three-time silver medalist figure skater
  • Joseph Wilson Ervin (1901-1945), American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina
  • James Ervin (1778-1841), American politician, U.S. Representative from South Carolina
  • Howard M. Ervin (1915-2009), American scholar and pastor
  • ... (Another 28 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Moore, A.W., Manx Names. London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1906. Print
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  6. ^ 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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