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

Windsor is one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The Windsor family lived in Berkshire, at Windsor Castle.


Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was 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 Windsor 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 Windsor History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 36 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Windsor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Windsor 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.


Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Windsor name or one of its variants:

Windsor Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Windsor, who came to Boston in 1631
  • Joshua Windsor, who arrived in Providence, Rhode Island in 1638
  • Joshua Windsor, who arrived in Providence, Rhode Island in 1638
  • John Windsor, who landed in America in 1654-1679
  • Marthah Windsor, who came to Nevis in 1660

Windsor Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • William Windsor, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1750

Windsor Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Solomon Windsor, aged 56, landed in New York in 1812
  • Lloyd D Windsor, aged 41, landed in New York in 1812
  • Richard Windsor, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906
  • George W Windsor, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1855


  • Richard Windsor, American hunter, scout, and woodsman on the Lewis and Clark Expedition
  • Duchess Wallis Warfield Windsor (1896-1986), Duchess of Windsor
  • Gerard Windsor (b. 1944), Australian author and literary critic
  • Lord Nicholas Charles Edward Jonathan Windsor (b. 1970), member of the British Royal Family
  • Clive Windsor, Earl of Plymouth
  • Duke Andrew Albert Christian Edward Windsor (b. 1960), British Duke of York
  • Prince Edward Antony Richard Louis Windsor (b. 1964), British prince
  • Prince Charles Philip Arthur George Windsor (b. 1948), British Prince of Wales
  • Princess of Wales Diana Frances Windsor (1961-1997), first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales
  • Duke Philip Windsor (b. 1921), British Duke of Edinburgh



  • Early Pioneers of Piedmont North Carolina Where Yadkin, Wilkes & Iredell Meet: The Descendants of Isaac Windsor, 1753-1821, Wight Generations by Gerald Wilson Cook.
  • Descendants of Roger Williams (also Windsor Family) by Roger Williams Family Association.

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.


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The Windsor Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Windsor 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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