The Scottish surname Irvin is of habitational origin. The name is derived from the townland of Irvine in Ayrshire, Scotland which is named from a Celtic river, ir,or yr meaning “green or fresh” and afon meaning ”water.” Early references to the name Irvine include Thomas Irvine, christened on November 4th 1687 at St. Nicholas church Aberdeen. A notable bearer is Washington Irving (1783 - 1859), the American author, whose father was born at Shapinsay, Orkney, Scotland in about 1759. Today there are approximately 21,000 bearers of the name Irvin in the United States.
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