Boy name origins & meanings
- Hungarian : Variation of Irving
- Old English : Sea friend
Boy name variations
Family name origins & meanings
- 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.