The surname ‘Erwin’ is of English origin. It is a variant of the Scottish name ‘Irvine’, derived from the habitation name from ‘Irvine’ in Strathclyde, or from ‘Irving’ in Dumfries or Galloway region. There are two major Scottish families called ‘Irvine’. They share a common ancestor, ‘Duncan’, known as ‘the first of Eryvine’. He was killed at the battle of Duncrub in 965. They are said to be of Irish origin, descended from ‘Cineal Conaill’, a member of the O’Neill clan. A branch of the ‘Irvine’ family was re-established in Ireland, where they built Castle Irvine in County Fermanagh. Members of this family later went on to settle in America, including the brothers ‘William’, ‘Andrew’, and ‘Mathew Irvine’, who all served in the American Revolution. Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that the surname ‘Erwin’ and or it’s variant’s, date as back as the sixteenth century were a ‘Cristofer Urwen’, from Boneshaw, in the county of Northumberland, England, is recorded on the Hundred Rolls in 1273. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definitely determined but data extracted from Historical archive’s confirm that one of the first forefathers to bring this name to America was a certain ‘James…
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