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Where did the English Windser family come from? What is the English Windser family crest and coat of arms? When did the Windser family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Windser family history?Windser is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Windser family lived in Berkshire, at Windsor Castle.
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Windsor, Winsor, Winzer, Winser, Wincer and others.
First found in Berkshire, where they were descended from William FitzOtho, who was son of Adalbert the second Duke of Lombardy. This Walter was given Windsor Castle by William, Duke of Normandy. His son, William Fitzwalter assumed the surname of the Castle.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Windser research. Another 244 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1178, 1360, 1381, 1445, 1467, 1513, 1541, 1543, and 1624 are included under the topic Early Windser History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 36 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Windser Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Windser family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 110 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Windser or a variant listed above: Robert Windsor, who came to Boston in 1631; Joshua Windsor, who arrived in Providence, Rhode Island in 1638; Marthah Windsor, who came to Nevis in 1660.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Je me fie en Dieu
Motto Translation: I trust in God.
The Windser Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Windser 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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