origin of name ERVEN
[This is part of a letter from my mother which I thought others here might be interested to read. --Kate]
I subscribe to Genealogy.com. A few days ago, in searching historical books, I found the origin of the name Erven. In the book, The Op Dyck Genealogy, Author: Charles Wilson Opdyke, published
Albany, New York: Weed, Parsons and Co., 1889, on page 49:
The old German word Erven, used in these account books for "heir,"
has the same form in both singular and plural. That the singular was here meant is op den Dyck. " In German, as in English, the word heir was commonly used to mean son, and, as Lodowick8 is the only Lodowick op den Dyck found in Wesel at this time, we conclude that he was the son and heir of Gysbert7.
I was delighted to find that Erven is the correct spelling of the name, and the origin and meaning of the word. For years, people have been insisting that Erven was a variation of the Irvines of Scotland.
This book is in the Tacoma, WA library. I hate to drive down there but really want to see the book. The list of annuities paid on page 49 was dated 1599-1615. I believe the book goes back to the 1200s.
The interlibrary reference librarian in Bellingham is trying to get Tacoma to send it up here for a few days with the provision that it doesn't leave the Bellingham library and is returned to Tacoma in a few days. A copy of this book is also in a library in Ohio.
I am also waiting for a marriage record for Samuel Erven and Lydia Chever, dated 1/13/1770 from Salem, MA. He is listed as coming from Bristol, England before 1770.William Creighton's 1790 Leacock Twp., Lancaster, PA will mentions three Erven grandchildren, William, Samuel, and Margaret. I am hoping that this Samuel Erven is the one mentioned in the will and is the brother of my great-great grandfather, William Erven.
[My mother's maiden name is Erven and she was born in Ohio.]