Show ContentsIvins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Ivins comes from the baptismal name Evand a Welsh personal name for John The surname Ivins referred to the son of Evand which belongs to the category of patronymic surnames. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.

Early Origins of the Ivins family

The surname Ivins was first found in Cambridgeshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Ivins family

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Ivins Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Ivins has appeared include Ivens, Ivone, Ivones, Iveans, Ivinges, Ivinson and many more.

Early Notables of the Ivins family

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Migration of the Ivins family

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Ivins arrived in North America very early: James W. Ivens, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1853 and Joshua Ivinson, who arrived in Mississippi in 1860.

Contemporary Notables of the name Ivins (post 1700) +

  • William Mills Ivins Sr. (1851-1915), American lawyer and candidate for Mayor of New York City in 1905
  • Mary Tyler "Molly" Ivins (1944-2007), American newspaper columnist, author, political commentator and humorist
  • Marsha Sue Ivins (b. 1951), former NASA Astronaut with 5 shuttle missions logged and over 1,318 hours in space 1
  • Bruce Edwards Ivins (1946-2008), American biomedical researcher
  • William Mills Ivins (1851-1915), American Republican politician, Candidate for Mayor of New York City, New York, 1905 2
  • Thomas W. Ivins, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Ocean County, 1860 2
  • Heber Grant Ivins, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Utah, 1972 2
  • Owen Gilbert Ivins (b. 1991), South African-born, New Zealand cricketer
  • William Mills Ivins Jr. (1881-1961), American curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Antoine R. Ivins (1888-1967), official of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The Ivins 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 Translation: Love and friendship.

  1. NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Marsha Ivins. Retrieved from
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