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Erwin Family History

Erwin Name Meaning

Scottish and Irish: variant of Irvine 1 and English: from the Middle English personal name Everwin Erwin perhaps from Old English Eoforwine (eofor ‘boar’ + wine ‘friend’) but mostly from an Old French form of the cognate ancient Germanic name Everwin or from a different ancient Germanic name Herewin with loss of initial H- (first element hari heri ‘army’). German: from the personal name Erwin from Herwin a compound of Old High German heri ‘army’ + wini ‘friend’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Irwin, Ervin, Edwin, Gerwin, Urwin, Erwine, Kerwin, Derwin, Rain

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Where is the Erwin family from?

You can see how Erwin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Erwin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Erwin families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 41 Erwin families living in Lancashire. This was about 21% of all the recorded Erwin's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Erwin families in 1891.
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What did your Erwin ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Erwin. 100% of Erwin men worked as a General Labourer and 87% of Erwin women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    100%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    87%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Erwin. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 39,000 military records available for the last name Erwin. For the veterans among your Erwin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Erwin lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Erwin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Erwin in 1941 was 34, and 74 in 2004.

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