Ervine History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
There was a native Irish Gaelic name O hEireamhóin, derived from a personal name of uncertain origins that came to be Ervine, but the great majority of this name in Ireland were planters, who arrived from Scotland in the 17th century. In the case of the latter, their name is ultimately derived from at least two place names in Scotland, the parish of Irving in county Dumfriesshire, or from Irvine in Strathclyde.
Early Origins of the Ervine family
The surname Ervine was first found in Dumfriesshire where they were recorded as a family of great antiquity seated with manor and estates in that shire. Records first show the Irving Clan in the year 1057 when they and other Border Clans assisted King Malcolm Canmore in defeating MacBeth and the unruly Pictish Clans to the north. Later records show that Robert Irving held lands in this county in 1226. Gilchrist Irving acquired land in Dumfriesshire in 1376. The barony, the Forest of Drum was passed on to William Irvine in the county of Aberdeenshire in 1324 and this was to remain in the Irving hands for several generations. Sir Alexander Irvine of this estate, fell in the battle of Harlaw in 1411.
Early History of the Ervine family
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Ervine Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Irvine, Irving, Ervine, Irwin, Erwin and others.
Early Notables of the Ervine family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ervine family to Ireland
Some of the Ervine family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Ervine migration to the United States +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Ervine Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Ervine, aged 1, who immigrated to the United States, in 1893
- Samuel Ervine, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States from Down, in 1899
Ervine Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Sarah Ervine, aged 35, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1904
- Robert Ervine, aged 27, who landed in America from Cork, in 1905
- Walter Ervine, aged 8, who settled in America from Down, Ireland, in 1907
- William Ervine, aged 16, who landed in America from Down, Ireland, in 1907
- John Ervine, aged 26, who settled in America from Banbridge, Ireland, in 1907
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Contemporary Notables of the name Ervine (post 1700) +
- Dale Ervine (b. 1964), retired American soccer midfielder
- Lieutenant Colonel Harold Marcus Ervine -Andrews VC (1911-1995), Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross
- Brian Ervine (b. 1951), Irish playwright, songwriter and teacher
- David Ervine (1953-2007), Northern Irish politician
- St. John Greer Ervine (1883-1971), Irish playwright and author
- Craig Richard Ervine (b. 1985), Zimbabwe an cricketer
- Sean Michael Ervine (b. 1982), Zimbabwe an cricketer
Historic Events for the Ervine family +
- Mr. Albert George Ervine (d. 1912), aged 18, Irish Assistant Electrician from Belfast, Ireland who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking 
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The Ervine Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nemo me impune lacessit
Motto Translation: No one provokes me with impunity.