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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish


An ancient Strathclyde-Briton family from the Scottish/English Borderlands were the first to use the name Irving. They lived in the parish of Irving in the county of Dumfriesshire or from Irvine in Strathclyde. The names have become indistinguishable over time.

Irving Early Origins



The surname Irving was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn 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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Irving Spelling Variations


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Irving Spelling Variations



Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. Irving has been spelled Irwin, Erwin, Irvine, Irving, Urwin, Erwine, Ervin, Erwing, Ervynn, Ervine, Erwynn, Irwing, Irwryn and many more.

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Irving Early History


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Irving Early History



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

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Irving Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Irving Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Irving In Ireland


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Irving In Ireland



Some of the Irving 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



For Scottish immigrants, the great expense of travel to North America did not seem such a problem in those unstable times. Acres of land awaited them and many got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. These Scots and their ancestors went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Irving Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Irving, who arrived in Maryland in 1740
  • William Irving, who arrived in New York in 1763
  • Winifred Irving, who arrived in South Carolina in 1773

Irving Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John B Irving, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1823
  • Richard Irving, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1837
  • Robert Irving, aged 35, landed in New York, NY in 1849
  • Joseph B Irving, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Edward Irving, who arrived in Mississippi in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Irving Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Irving, aged 52, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Susan" in 1838
  • Molly Irving, aged 48, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Susan" in 1838
  • Mary Irving, aged 23, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Susan" in 1838
  • Margaret Irving, aged 10, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Susan" in 1838
  • Martha Irving, aged 9, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Susan" in 1838
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Irving Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Irving, aged 30, a shepherd, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Chatham"
  • James Irving, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "China"
  • Mary Irving, aged 30, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "John Bunyan"

Irving Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Irving landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841
  • Henry H. Irving arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Persia" in 1860
  • Sarah A. Irving arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Persia" in 1860
  • F. W. Irving arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Persia" in 1860
  • Frances A. Irving arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Persia" in 1860
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Irving Settlers in New Zealand in the 20th Century

  • David Irving, aged 23, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926
  • Laurence Irving, aged 20, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926
  • Malcolm Irving arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926
  • Jemima Irving, aged 8, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926
  • Marion Irving, aged 6, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Irving (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Irving (post 1700)



  • Blake Irving, American Chief Executive Officer and Board Director of the GoDaddy group of companies
  • Major-General Frederick Augustus Irving (1894-1995), American Superintendent of US Military Academy West Point (1951-1954)
  • Henry J. Irving, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 7th District, 1857
  • Helen M. Irving (b. 1931), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1972, 1980; Member of Democratic National Committee from Michigan, 1973-77
  • Frederick Irving (b. 1921), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Iceland, 1972; Jamaica, 1977-78
  • Emma L. Irving, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1924
  • Don Irving (b. 1898), American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 20th District, 1944, 1946; Chair of Pike County Democratic Party, 1949-65
  • Christopher Irving, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for New Jersey, 2012
  • Bertha Shippen Irving, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1924
  • A. E. Irving, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1912
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Irving Historic Events


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Irving Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Laurence Brodribb Irving (1871-1914), English First Class Passenger from London, England, United Kingdom travelling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mrs. Mabel Irving (1880-1914), née Hackney English First Class Passenger from London, England, United Kingdom travelling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Lillian  Irving (1871-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. James Chalmers Irving, English, Able Seaman from England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Irving


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Suggested Readings for the name Irving



  • Fundy (also Irving) Family by William Henry Irving.

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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    3. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    8. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
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    The Irving Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Irving 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.

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