Erwin, Irvin

Gender: Masculine
Origin: German
Meaning: “army friend.”
Germ (AIR-veen), Eng (ER-vin)

The name is derived from the Old High German, Hariwini, which is composed of the elements, hari (army) and win (friend).

A notable bearer was Austrian physicist, Ervin Schroediger (1887-1961).

It is currently the 419th most popular male name in Germany, (2011), while Ervin is the 87th most popular male name in Bosnia & Herzegovina, (2010)

Other forms of the name include:

  • Ervin (Albanian/Bosnian/Croatian/Hungarian/Slovene)
  • Erwin (Dutch/German/Polish/Swedish)
  • Irvin (English)
  • Ervino (Italian)
  • Ervīns (Latvian)
  • Ervín (Slovak)
 Feminine forms are the Hungarian, Ervina and the Polish, Erwina.