Kervyn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Kervyn family
The surname Kervyn was first found in Northumberland where the "Curwens of Workington claim descent from the famous Gospatric, Earl of Northumberland. They 'took that name by covenant from Culwen, a family of Galloway, the heir whereof they had married.' Camden. De Culwen was changed to Curwen temp. Henry VI." 
Early History of the Kervyn family
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Kervyn Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Curwen, Curwens, Corwen, Corwyn, Curwyn, Curwin, Curvin, Corwin, Kerwen, Kerwin, Kerwyn, Kervin and many more.
Early Notables of the Kervyn family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir Henry Curwen; Robert Curwen, a landholder in 1379 in Yorkshire; Sir Henry and Sir Thomas Curwen of Workington Hall; Sir Patricius Curwen, 1st Baronet (c. 1602-1664), an English landowner and politician who supported the Royalist side in the English Civil War; George Corwin...
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Migration of the Kervyn family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Mathias Corwin, who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1634; George Corwin, who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1638; from Cumberland, England; Jonathan Curwin, who settled in Massachusetts in 1641.
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The Kervyn 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: Si je n'estoy
Motto Translation: If I were not.
- ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.