Erwin Family History

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Erwin Name Meaning

Scottish, English, and Irish: variant of Irvin. German: from the personal name Erwin, from Herwin, a compound of Old High German heri ‘army’ + wini ‘friend’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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

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Erwin Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Erwin name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Erwin. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Erwin Family Origin

Where is the Erwin family from?

Erwin Family Occupations

What did your Erwin ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Erwin family was Agent For Hosiery. The most common Erwin occupation in the UK was Labourer. 8% of Erwin's were Labourers. Labourer, Plasterer and Accountant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Erwin.

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  • Labourer

  • Plasterer

  • Accountant

  • Agent For Hosiery


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Erwin ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Erwin Historical Records

What Erwin family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 131,000 census records available for the last name Erwin. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Erwin census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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

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Draft Card

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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Erwin Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Erwin

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Erwin ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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