Meaning and Origin of: Irving

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Hungarian : Variation of Irving
  • Old English : Sea friend

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • Scottish : habitational name from Irving in Dumfries and Galloway region, which has the same origin as Irvine, with which it has become inextricably confused.
  • The writer Washington Irving (1783–1859), who wrote the stories ‘Rip Van Winkle’ and ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’, was born in NY. His father was Deacon William Irving (from a family also recorded as Irvine), who came to NY in 1763 from Orkney, Scotland, a former British packet officer, a patriot during the Revolution, and a successful merchant.