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Colvin Family History

Colvin Name Meaning

Scottish and Irish (Donegal Antrim): variant of Colville probably reflecting a local pronunciation. The name was taken to Ulster in the 17th century. Manx: if not identical with 1 perhaps from the Old Norse personal name Kolbeinn with /v/ substituted for /b/. English: from the rare Middle English personal name Colwin Colvin which may be a borrowing into English of a Welsh name whose modern form is Collwyn ‘white’ or of colwyn ‘doe puppy pet dog’ or of the placename Colwyn (Denbighshire Radnorshire).

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


Similar surnames: Collin, Corvin, Colin, Colan, Colding, Molin, Corwin, Calvin, Gelvin

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Where is the Colvin family from?

You can see how Colvin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Colvin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Colvin families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 85 Colvin families living in Ontario. This was about 55% of all the recorded Colvin's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Colvin families in 1911.
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What did your Colvin ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Nurse were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Colvin. 42% of Colvin men worked as a Farmer and 43% of Colvin women worked as a Nurse. Some less common occupations for Americans named Colvin were Student and Housekeeper. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
    42%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Blacksmith
    6%
  • Student
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Nurse
    43%
  • Operator
    29%
  • Housekeeper
    29%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Colvin. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 20,000 military records available for the last name Colvin. For the veterans among your Colvin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Colvin lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Colvin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Colvin in 1950 was 54, and 73 in 2004.

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