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Where did the English Winters family come from? What is the English Winters family crest and coat of arms? When did the Winters family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Winters family history?

Winters is a name whose history is entwined with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person born in the wintertime having derived from the Old English word wintar, meaning wet season.

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Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Winters were recorded, including Winter, Winters, Wynter and others.

First found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Winters research. Another 249 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1162, 1622, 1686, 1661, 1665, 1665 and 1668 are included under the topic Early Winters History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 27 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Winters Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Winters family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Winters family emigrate to North America:

Winters Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • James Winters, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773

Winters Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Mary Winters, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Edward Winters, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Bernard Winters, who landed in Maryland in 1813
  • Claus Winters, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Robert Winters, who landed in New York in 1838


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  • Jonathan Winters (1925-2013), American Primetime Emmy Award winning, Golden Globe nominated comedian, best known for The Jonathan Winters Show (1967) and his role in It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)
  • Arthur Yvor Winters (1900-1968), American critic and poet
  • Major Richard D Winters (1918-2011), United States Army officer, who commanded Company "E" of the 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division during the Second World War. Winters was portrayed in the 2001 HBO miniseries Band of Brothers by British actor Damian Lewis
  • Brian Winters (b. 1952), former player and head coach in the NBA
  • Dean Winters (b. 1964), American television actor
  • Frank Winters (b. 1964), American former NFL center football player
  • Yvor Winters (1900-1968), American literary critic and poet
  • Mike Winters (1930-2013), born Michael Weinstein, English comedy double act with his brother Bernie, active from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s
  • Bernie Winters (1932-1991), born Bernie Weinstein, English comedy double act with his brother Mike, active from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s
  • Robbie Winters (b. 1974), Scottish footballer

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  1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Winters Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Winters Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 23 February 2014 at 00:34.

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