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Scottish history reveals Orvis was first used as a surname by the Strathclyde-Briton people. It was a name for someone who lived in the parish of Irving in the county of Dumfriesshire or from Irvine in Strathclyde. The names have become indistinguishable over time.

Orvis Early Origins



The surname Orvis was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhn 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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Orvis Spelling Variations


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Orvis Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that rules have developed and the process of spelling according to sound has been abandoned. Scottish names from before that time tend to appear under many different spelling variations. Orvis has been spelled Irwin, Erwin, Irvine, Irving, Urwin, Erwine, Ervin, Erwing, Ervynn, Ervine, Erwynn, Irwing, Irwryn and many more.

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Orvis Early History


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Orvis Early History



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

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Orvis Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Orvis Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Orvis In Ireland


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Orvis In Ireland



Some of the Orvis 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



Unwelcome in their beloved homeland, many Scots sailed for the colonies of North Ameri ca. There, they found land and freedom, and even the opportunity to make a new nation in the American War of Independence. These Scottish settlers played essential roles in the founding of the United States, and the shaping of contemporary North America. Among them:

Orvis Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Orvis, who arrived in Connecticut in 1629

Orvis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • W C Orvis, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • A M Orvis, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Mrs. CH. E. Orvis, aged 40, who emigrated to America, in 1895

Orvis Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • G S Orvis, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Mrs. Orvis, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • Charles E. Orvis, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Arthur E. Orvis, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Louis C. Orvis, who settled in America, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Orvis Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Ebenezer Orvis, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Orvis Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Eleazar Brooks Orvis, who landed in Canada in 1830
  • Silas Orvis, who landed in Canada in 1832

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Contemporary Notables of the name Orvis (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Orvis (post 1700)



  • Charles F. Orvis (d. 1915), American founder of Orvis Sporting Traditions, in Manchester, Vermont (1856)
  • Herbert "Herb" Vaughn Orvis (b. 1946), former American NFL football defensive tackle
  • John H. Orvis, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1864, 1888; Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Centre County, 1873-74
  • Horatio Orvis, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Jefferson County, 1817-18, 1826
  • Mrs. George Orvis, American Republican politician, Member of Republican National Committee from Vermont, 1924
  • Emerson Orvis, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 29th District, 1894
  • Ellis Lewis Orvis, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1916; Candidate for U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, 1916
  • Charles Orvis, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 18th District, 1857-58
  • Charles Orvis, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Jefferson County, 1830
  • C. Orvis, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Mayor of Monroe, Michigan, 1912
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. 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.
    3. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    4. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    6. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    9. 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).
    10. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
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    The Orvis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Orvis 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 18 September 2016 at 08:57.

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