This surname of ELVIN was originally derived from the Old English name AELFWINE, meaning 'noble-friend'. The name was brought over to England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066, and Hugo filius ELFWIN who was recorded in 1193 in Hereford, appears to be the first of the name on record. Eilwinus de Benindenne, was documented in the year 1214 in County Kent. William Elvins of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error. Later instances of the name mention Emery Puttick and Elvin (no Christian name recorded) who were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1755. Among the humbler classes of European society, and especially among illiterate people, individuals were willing to accept the mistakes of officials, clerks and priests as officially bestowing a new version of their surname, just as they had meekly accepted the surname they had been born with. In North America, the linguistic problems confronting immigration officials at Ellis Island in the 19th century were legendary as a prolific source of Anglicization. The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.
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