[ 2 syll. e-rwi(n), er-w-in ] The baby boy name Erwin is pronounced in Dutch as EHR-VihN or EHR-WihN or in German as EHR-ViyN †. Erwin is mainly used in the Czech, Dutch, English, and German languages, and its language of origin is Germanic, Celtic, and Old English. From Germanic roots, its meaning is boar friend, honored friend, warrior friend. An original form of Erwin is Herwin (Germanic). The name is of debated origin. It could be from the first element 'eber', 'era' (meaning honor, respect), or 'heri' (army, warrior), and the second element 'wine'. The first name was rather popular among medieval German speakers, especially those living in the Rhine region, borne for example by Erwin von Steinbach (1244-1318) the founder of the Strasbourg Cathedral. In the USA, it is sometimes taken as a form of Irving or Irwin.
Erwin is a variant form of the English and Scottish name Irving in the English language.
Erwin is also a variant spelling of the English name Irwin.
The name Erwin is widely used; it has 26 variant forms that are used in English and other languages. Variant forms used in English include Arwin (used in Dutch and German too), Earwen, Earwenn, Earwenne, Earwin, Earwine, Earwinn, Earwinne, Earwyn, Earwynn, Earwynne, Ervin (used in Albanian, Czech, and Hungarian too), Erwen, Erwenn, Erwenne, Erwine, Erwinn, Erwinne, Erwyn, Erwynn, Erwynne, and Irvin. The variant spelling Irwin is another English form. Foreign variant forms of Erwin include Ervins (Latvian), Erwinek (Polish), and Inek (Polish).
Erwin is an unusual baby name for boys. Its usage peaked modestly in 1901 with 0.054% of baby boys being given the name Erwin. Its ranking then was #216. The baby name has since experienced a steep fall in popularity, and is today used on an infrequent scale. Among all boy names in its group, Erwin was nonetheless the most commonly used in 2018.
† Pronunciation for Erwin: EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; V as in "vow (V.AW)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; W as in "we (W.IY)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"
Details of famous persons named Erwin:
Military Leader Erwin Rommel, born Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel, 15 November 1891 - 14 October 1944, Heidenheim, Germany.
Physicist Erwin Schrödinger, born 12 August 1887 - 4 January 1961, Vienna, Austria.