Colvin Family Crests







Colvin Fountain
Moffat, Scotland









The name of COLVIN is said by some historians to be of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and derived from one "Colvin" or "Colvinus," who was a "tenant-in-chief," of Devonshire, England, in the early eleventh century. It was first used as a personal or baptismal name by the sons of the before mentioned Colvin or Colvinus. Some insist, however, that the name is Scottish in origin. More recent scholarship[ points to a Norman origin derived from "de Colleville." Guillaume de Colleville and Gilbert de Colleville were both knights who served in William the Conqueror's invasion forces, thought it is not clear that these de Collevilles are related to the Colvins. At any rate, the names are closely associated. An American example may be found at Colvin's Mill in Virginia. The original mill was established by a Coleville in the 1700's, but the name was changed to "Colvin" sometime later. In the ancient British and early American records the name is found in the various forms of Colven, Colvine, Colvyne, Colwyne, Colwin, Colvan, and Colvin. The last mentioned spelling is the most generally used in American today.

In England, the Colvins resided chiefly in Devon (the same area from which the Deatons came), but later settled in London before the beginning of the eighteenth century. Of this line, a certain Jane Colvin was married at St. James, Clerkenwell, in 1733 to Thomas Brewer.

Elsdon C. Smith, author of "New Dictionary of American and Family Names," reports that the name "Colvin is of Scottish and Irish descent and means "bold or great hero... The name also refers to one who came for Collerville in Normandy... a descendent of Ceolevine (ship, friend)."

The Colvin Fountain, Moffat, Scotland

The Colvin Family Page

The Colvin Family Page II

Colvin Resources on Rootsweb

Michael O. Colvin Website, "Decendants of James Colvin, Sr." - My Immigrant Ancestor

Roots Web

US Geneology Project Web

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The Colvin Family "Roxburgh District" Tartan Plaid

The Colvin Clan Badge

Books About Colvin Families

Family Tree Maker by Broderbund Software

Family Tree Maker Genealogy Gateway To The WebTM

Wes's Family Tree Maker Web Page

Family Tree House Software Home Page

Directory of Irish Sites

Rosenberger & Boehmer Genealogy Homepage

Historic Albemarle County NC

Descendants of William H. Forsythe (Colvin's in Kentucky)

The Divine Covenant Expanded Homepage - Alex Colvin

Family Names (Colvin) and What they Mean

Family Chronicle Surname Origin List A-E

Irish Names and Family Clans

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