The surname ‘Irvin’ is of English origin. It is a variant of the name ‘Irvine’, derived from the habitation name from ‘Irvine’ in Strathclyde, or from ‘Irving’ in Dumfries or Galloway region. 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. The forms ‘Irwin’ and ‘Irvine’ are now as common in Northern Ireland as in Scotland. Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that the surname ‘Irvin’ and or it’s variant’s, date as far back as the eighteenth century were a ‘Joseph Irving’, and a ‘Marcy Scott’ are recorded as getting married in 1762. Historical archive’s have been unable to definitely determine the exact period of settlement in North America but It is believed that the forefather’s of this surname were part of the exodus of migrants that followed the Treaty of Peace …
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