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Where did the English Winchester family come from? What is the English Winchester family crest and coat of arms? When did the Winchester family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Winchester family history?The ancestry of the name Winchester dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the city of Winchester in Hampshire. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word ventaceaster, meaning the dweller at the Roman fort.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Winchester have been found, including Winchester, Wincester and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Winchester research. Another 159 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1495 and 1826 are included under the topic Early Winchester History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Winchester Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Winchester family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Winchester, or a variant listed above:
Winchester Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Winchester Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Winchester Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Winchester Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Winchester 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.
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