Name: Erwin

Origin and Meaning of the Name Erwin

  • Meaning:
    Uncertain, possibly friend of the army
  • Origin:
  • Gender:
  • Pronunciation:
    (ER win); (EHR veen)
  • Form of:
    Itself (Erwin)
  • Rating:

Miscellaneous Info for Erwin

  • Categories:
  • Used in:
    Dutch, English and German speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    There are several different etymologies concerning the name Erwin. It is often seen as an evolution of the Old High German Herwin (friend of the army), which is a compounding of the elements heri (army) and wine (friend).
    It could also be a form of Arwin (from the Germanic element 'arn(uz)' meaning 'eagle').
    Or it could possibly be derived from the Germanic elements eber (wild boar) and win (friend) which gave Everwijn - friend of the boar.
    The name has also come to be confused with the Scottish place name Irving. Finally, the Irish name Eireamhóin is often anglicized as Erwin, Erwan, Ervin or Irwin.

Similar Names to Erwin for Boys & Girls

Popularity Rank of Erwin (US top 1000 names since 1880)

Popularity Rank

Erwin - Rankings by Year

Boy ranks Boys Both ranks Overall
(Source: U.S. SSA)
The name meaning of Erwin and the name origin of Erwin have been reviewed by our name experts.