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Many variations of the name Kirwin have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as O Ciardhubhain, which is derived from the words "ciar" and "dubh," both of which mean "black."

Kirwin Early Origins



The surname Kirwin was first found in County Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island. The family of ancient Irish extraction have been seated at Blindwell in County Galway from time immemorial. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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Kirwin Spelling Variations


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Kirwin Spelling Variations



Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name Kirwin revealed many variations, including Kirwan, O'Kirwan, Kerovan, Kyrvan, O'Quirivan, Kirwin, Kerwin, Kerwan and many more.

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Kirwin Early History


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Kirwin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kirwin research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1530, 1531, 1534, 1535, 1550, 1551, 1589, 1661, 1642, 1653, 1642, 1650, 1721, 1686 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Kirwin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kirwin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kirwin Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family name at this time was John ge Kirwan, Mayor of Galway (1530-1531); Thomas Kirwan, Mayor of Galway (1534-1535); Richard Kirwan, Mayor of Galway (1550-1551); Reverend Francis Kirwan (1589-1661), Bishop of Killala, but was later exiled to France; Dominick Kirwin (fl...

Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kirwin Notables 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



The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Kirwin family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Kirwin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Kirwin settled in Philadelphia in 1851
  • Patrick Kirwin, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • Catharine Kirwin, aged 34, landed in New York in 1864
  • Richard Kirwin, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878

Kirwin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Edward Kirwin, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1841

Kirwin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Kirwin, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon"
  • Jane Kirwin, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Victoria Regia"

Kirwin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Kirwin, aged 16, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "India" in 1875
  • Annie Kirwin, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "India" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kirwin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kirwin (post 1700)



  • Fred H. Kirwin, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1924
  • John J. Kirwin (1918-1943), United States Navy officer who received the Navy Cross posthumously for his actions in combat during World War II, eponym of the USS Kirwin (APD-90)
  • Frank Kirwin (1921-1997), former Australian rules footballer who played for Collingwood in 1943

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Kirwin Historic Events


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Kirwin Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. James H. Kirwin, British Trimmer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mrs. Amelia Gertrude Kirwin (1891-1914), ne Sellers English Third Class Passenger from Liverpool, England, United Kingdom who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Master James Kirwin (1913-1914), English Third Class Passenger from Liverpool, England, United Kingdom who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

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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: Mon Dieu, mon Roi, et ma patrie
Motto Translation: Mon Dieu, mon Roi, et ma patrie.


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Kirwin Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
  2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  3. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  4. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  5. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  8. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  9. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Kirwin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kirwin 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 22 June 2016 at 08:52.

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