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DERWIN Family History

Recorded in sevaral spelling forms including: Darwin, Derwin, Darwen and Darwent, this Emglish surname has two possible origins. The first is from the pre 7th Century personal name "Deorwine", a compound of the elements "deor" meaning dear, and "wine", a friend hence, "Dear friend". This was probably used as both a baptismal name of enderarment for a child, but also as a nickname for a close kinsman or partner. The given name as Deorwine was first recorded in England in the Pipe Rolls of the county of Essex in 1070, and in the Latinzed form as Derewinus in the tax register known as the "Feet of Fines" in the year 1176 in the county of Buckinghamshire.

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