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

The Anglo-Saxon name Winsett comes from the family having resided in Buckinghamshire. The family name Winsett is derived from the Old English personal name Wine, meaning friend, and the Old English word hlaw, meaning hill or mound, and means that the original bearer of the name lived near a hill owned by someone name Wine.[1]

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Winsett has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Winslow, Winselow, Winsloe and others.

First found in Buckinghamshire, at Winslow, today a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Cottesloe with a population today of about 4,500. The town dates back to 795, when it was listed as Wineshlauu as land given by King Offa to the Abbey of St. Alban's. Years later in the Domesday Book, it was listed as Weneslai, land held by the Bishop of Lisieux and at that time was in the Murley Hundred and the manor there belonged to the Church of St. Alban. [2]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Winsett research. Another 173 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1663, 1595, 1655, 1633, 1636 and 1644 are included under the topic Early Winsett History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 59 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Winsett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Winsetts to arrive on North American shores:

Winsett Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Annie E. Winsett, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Benjamin F. Winsett, aged 47, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Maurice E Winsett, aged 11, who settled in America, in 1909

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  • John Thomas "Long Tom" Winsett (1909-1987), American Major League Baseball left fielder
  • Robert Emmett Winsett (1876-1952), American composer and publisher of Gospel music
  • Jerry Winsett (b. 1950), American actor, writer and singer who has appeared in many television shows including Coach, Mr. Belvedere, Itís Garry Shandling's Show and Newhart


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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. 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.
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Winsett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Winsett 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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