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Irvine Name Meaning

Scottish, also common in northern Ireland: habitational name from Irvine in Ayrshire, which is named from a Celtic river, Welsh ir, yr ‘green’, ‘fresh’ + afon ‘water’. There has been much confusion with Irving and Irwin.

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


Similar surnames: Irving, Irvin, Grine, Irwin, Raine, Vine, Rhine, Girvin, Irish

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Where is the Irvine family from?

You can see how Irvine families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Irvine family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Irvine families were found in and Scotland in 1841. In 1911 there were 506 Irvine families living in Ontario. This was about 54% of all the recorded Irvine's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Irvine families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Irvine surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Irvine ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Irvine. 39% of Irvine men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Irvine women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Irvine were Carpenter and School Teacher. .

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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
    39%
  • Labourer
    10%
  • Laborer
    6%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
    15%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Teacher
    10%
  • School Teacher
    7%
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Census Records

There are 182,000 census records available for the last name Irvine. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Irvine census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 95,000 immigration records available for the last name Irvine. 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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Draft Cards

There are 24,000 military records available for the last name Irvine. For the veterans among your Irvine ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Irvine lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Irvine life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Irvine in 1943 was 39, and 77 in 2004.

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