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Irwin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: Irish, Scottish


There was a native Irish Gaelic name O hEireamhóin, derived from a personal name of uncertain origins that came to be Irwin, 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 Irwin family


The surname Irwin 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 Irwin family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Irwin research.
Another 102 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1659, 1714, 1740, 1779, 1804, and 1878 are included under the topic Early Irwin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Irwin Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Irvine, Irving, Ervine, Irwin, Erwin and others.

Early Notables of the Irwin family (pre 1700)


Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Irwin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Irwin family to Ireland


Some of the Irwin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 42 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Irwin family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Irwin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Irwin, who settled in Virginia in 1642

Irwin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Irwin, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1712
  • Nathaniel Irwin, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1740 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • James Irwin, who settled in Antigua in 1774
  • John Irwin, who settled in Maryland in 1774
  • Boyle Irwin, who landed in America in 1798-1802 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Irwin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David Irwin, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1802 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Ann Irwin, aged 9, who arrived in Wiskasset (Wiscasset) in 1803 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Mary Irwin, who settled in Wiscasset in 1803
  • Edward Irwin, aged 50, who arrived in Wiskasset (Wiscasset) in 1803 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Patrick Irwin, aged 31, who arrived in Wiskasset (Wiscasset) in 1803 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Irwin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • James Irwin, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Irwin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Irwin, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1827
  • William Irwin, aged 22, who landed in Quebec in 1835
  • Mr. Thomas Irwin, aged 24 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Scotland" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle In July 1847 [2]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. 35)
  • Mr. William Irwin, aged 23 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "John & Robert" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle on 23rd August 1847 [2]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. 35)

Irwin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Frederick Irwin, a wire-worker, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Abraham Irwin, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Africaine" in 1836 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AFRICAINE 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Africaine.htm
  • Nicholas Irwin, aged 20, English Convict from Yorkshire, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851
  • John Irwin, aged 28, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Olivia" [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 15 November 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Olivia 1857. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/olivia1853.shtml.
  • Nancy Irwin, aged 24, a house servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Monday 27th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sir Edward Parry 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/siredwardparry1854.shtml
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Irwin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Arthur Irwin, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Margaret Irwin, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Caroline Coventry" in 1869
  • Mary J. Irwin, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Queen of the North" in 1874
  • Elizabeth Irwin, aged 19, a housemaid, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lauderdale" in 1874
  • John Irwin, aged 22, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ocean Mail" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Irwin (post 1700)


  • James Irwin (1930-1991), American NASA Astronaut with over 295 hours in space and the eighth man to walk on the Moon [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) James Irwin. Retrieved from http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/irwin-jb.html
  • Hale Irwin (b. 1945), American professional PGA golfer who won three U.S. Opens, the oldest ever U.S. Open champion in 1990, at the age of 45
  • Donald Jay Irwin (1926-2013), American politician, 32nd Mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut (1971-1975), Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Connecticut (1959-1961)
  • Major-General Stafford LeRoy Irwin (1893-1955), American Commanding General US Forces Austria (1950-1952) [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 30) Stafford Irwin. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Irwin/Stafford_LeRoy/USA.html
  • Brigadier-General Constant Louis Irwin (1893-1977), American Commandant Infantry Replacement Training Center Camp Blanding (1943-1944) [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 30) Constant Irwin. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Irwin/Constant_Louis/USA.html
  • Kenneth Dale Irwin Jr. (1969-2000), American 1998 NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year
  • Major General Sir James Murray Irwin (1858-1938), Irish born, British Army doctor in Sudan, the Boer War and World War I
  • Charles Irwin VC (1824-1873), Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • William Arthur Irwin (1898-1999), Canadian journalist and diplomat
  • May Irwin (1862-1938), Canadian actress, singer, and star of vaudeville
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Irwin family



HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. William F Irwin, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [10]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html

Suggested Readings for the name Irwin


  • Dartown to Fairfield and Beyond: The Descendants of John and Mary Welsh Irwin by Lyndon N. Irwin.
  • Guide to 500 Early Irwin/Ervin etc. Families in the United States by L.M. Irwin.

The Irwin 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.


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Citations


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ 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. 35)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AFRICAINE 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Africaine.htm
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851
  5. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 15 November 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Olivia 1857. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/olivia1853.shtml.
  6. ^ South Australian Register Monday 27th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sir Edward Parry 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/siredwardparry1854.shtml
  7. ^ NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) James Irwin. Retrieved from http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/irwin-jb.html
  8. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 30) Stafford Irwin. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Irwin/Stafford_LeRoy/USA.html
  9. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 30) Constant Irwin. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Irwin/Constant_Louis/USA.html
  10. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html

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