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Irwin Name Meaning

Irish and Scottish: variant of Irvin . English: variant of Erwin Welsh: possibly from the Welsh personal name Urien (see Uren ) but this is difficult to substantiate.

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

Similar surnames: Erwin, Lewin, Urwin, Unwin, Fruin, Litwin, Alwin, Itkin, Harwin

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Where is the Irwin family from?

You can see how Irwin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Irwin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Irwin families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 1,592 Irwin families living in Ontario. This was about 68% of all the recorded Irwin's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Irwin families in 1911.
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What did your Irwin ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Irwin. 39% of Irwin men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Irwin women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Irwin were Carpenter and Stenographer. .

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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
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Clerk
  • Housekeeper
  • Student
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 334,000 census records available for the last name Irwin. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Irwin 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 43,000 immigration records available for the last name Irwin. 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 57,000 military records available for the last name Irwin. For the veterans among your Irwin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Irwin lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Irwin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Irwin in 1941 was 34, and 76 in 2004.

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