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Orvis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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.

Early Origins of the Orvis family


The surname Orvis was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn 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.'

Early History of the Orvis family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Orvis research.
Another 188 words (13 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Orvis family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Orvis family to Ireland


Some of the Orvis family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 299 words (21 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 Orvis family to the New World and Oceana


Unwelcome in their beloved homeland, many Scots sailed for the colonies of North America. 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 [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)

Orvis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • W C Orvis, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [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)
  • A M Orvis, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [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)
  • 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

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 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Horatio Orvis, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Jefferson County, 1817-18, 1826 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Mrs. George Orvis, American Republican politician, Member of Republican National Committee from Vermont, 1924 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Emerson Orvis, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 29th District, 1894 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Ellis Lewis Orvis, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1916; Candidate for U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, 1916 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Charles Orvis, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 18th District, 1857-58 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Charles Orvis, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Jefferson County, 1830 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • C. Orvis, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Mayor of Monroe, Michigan, 1912 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Orvis 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


  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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