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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish


Among the the peoples of ancient Scotland, the first to use the name Erwin were the Strathclyde- Britons. Erwin was a name for someone who lived in the parish of Irving in the county of Dumfriesshire or from Irvine in Strathclyde. The names have become indistinguishable over time.

Erwin Early Origins



The surname Erwin was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area. 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.'

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Erwin Spelling Variations


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Erwin Spelling Variations



Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Erwin has been spelled Irwin, Erwin, Irvine, Irving, Urwin, Erwine, Ervin, Erwing, Ervynn, Ervine, Erwynn, Irwing, Irwryn and many more.

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Erwin Early History


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Erwin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Erwin research. Another 241 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1057, 1376, 1323, 1976, 1411 and are included under the topic Early Erwin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Erwin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Erwin Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Erwin In Ireland


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Erwin In Ireland



Some of the Erwin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 275 words (20 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlanti c. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them:

Erwin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Georg Erwin, who landed in Virginia in 1640
  • Mary Erwin, who landed in Maryland in 1673

Erwin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • George Erwin, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1720
  • Nathaniel Erwin, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1740
  • Joseph Erwin, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798
  • William Erwin, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798
  • William Erwin, who landed in Mississippi in 1798
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Erwin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jared Erwin, aged 31, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Charles Erwin, who arrived in South Carolina in 1814
  • James Erwin, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Mr. Erwin, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1821
  • Thomas Erwin, who arrived in New York in 1824
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Erwin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Eli Erwin, who arrived in Canada in 1829
  • John Erwin, who landed in Canada in 1830
  • Francis Erwin arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Daniel O'Connell" in 1834
  • Mr. Andrew Erwin, aged 24 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Elizabeth" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 27)
  • Eliza Erwin, aged 33 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Jessie" departing from the port of Limerick, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 27)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Erwin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mary Erwin, aged 25, a dairymaid, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Erwin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Erwin (post 1700)



  • William Lindsey "Bill" Erwin (1914-2010), American Primetime Emmy Award nominated film, stage and television actor with over 250 television and film credits
  • Lee Erwin (d. 1972), American television writer
  • Ross Emil "Tex" Erwin (1885-1963), American Major League Baseball catcher
  • Steve Erwin (b. 1932), American comic book artist
  • Richard Cannon Erwin (1923-2006), American jurist and politician
  • John Lee Erwin (b. 1936), American voice actor known for voicing Morris the Cat
  • Mike Erwin (b. 1978), American actor, best known for his role as Colin Hart in the television series Everwood
  • Stuart Erwin (1903-1967), American Academy Award nominated actor for his supporting role in Pigskin Parade (1936)
  • Terry L. Erwin (b. 1940), American entomologist with the Smithsonian Institution
  • Staff Sergeant Henry E Erwin, American officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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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: Candide et constanter
Motto Translation: Fairly and firmly.


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Erwin Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 27)

Other References

  1. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  3. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  6. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  9. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  11. ...

The Erwin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Erwin 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 17 November 2016 at 04:57.

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