The first people to use the name Orwin were a family of Strathclyde- Britons
who lived in the Scottish/English Borderlands. The name comes from when someone 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 Orwin family
The surname Orwin 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 Orwin family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Orwin research.Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1057, 1376, 1323, 1976, 1411 and are included under the topic Early Orwin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Orwin Spelling Variations
Surnames that evolved in Scotland
in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations
. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Orwin has appeared as Irwin, Erwin, Irvine, Irving, Urwin, Erwine, Ervin, Erwing, Ervynn, Ervine, Erwynn, Irwing, Irwryn and many more.
Early Notables of the Orwin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Orwin family to Ireland
Some of the Orwin family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 144 words (10 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 Orwin family to the New World and Oceana
The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan
families back home. Many Scots even fought against England
in the American War of Independence
to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them: Andrew Ervin, a boy of 16; landed in Barbados in 1684. Over the next two hundred
years the Irving name was to settle mainly in the state of Pennsylvania. William Irwin settled in Virginia in 1642.
Contemporary Notables of the name Orwin (post 1700)
- Thomas P. Orwin, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Newcastle-on-Tyne, 1865-70 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
Historic Events for the Orwin family
- Mr. Nicholas Orwin, English Deck Steward, 2nd Class Cabin from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
The Orwin 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.
Orwin Family Crest Products
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/