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

The origins of the Winter surname date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from an early member of the family who was a person born in the wintertime having derived from the Old English word wintar, meaning wet season.


The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Winter has been spelled many different ways, 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Winter 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 Winter History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Winter 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.


Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Winters to arrive in North America:

Winter Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • John Winter, who settled in Maine in 1616
  • Robert Winter settled in Virginia in 1616
  • Edward Winter settled in Maryland in 1634
  • Ann Winter settled in Virginia in 1636
  • Ann Winter, who landed in Virginia in 1636

Winter Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Heinrich Winter, who came to New York State in 1710-11
  • Abraham Winter, who arrived in New England in 1724
  • Hans Winter came to Philadelphia in 1733
  • Hendrick Winter, who landed in New Jersey in 1744
  • Hans Georg Winter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751

Winter Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Ehric Winter came to Philadelphia in 1803
  • Ehris Winter, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Jakob Winter, who arrived in Ohio in 1833
  • Conrad Winter came to Philadelphia in 1834
  • Edward Winter, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838


  • William Winter (1836-1917), American drama critic, biographer, and poet
  • William Forrest Winter (b. 1923), American lawyer, Governor of Mississippi (1980-84)
  • John Dawson "Johnny" Winter (1944-2014), American blues guitarist, singer, and producer; Rolling Stone ranked him 63rd on its list of 100 greatest guitarists, triple Grammy Award-winning producer, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Elmer Winter (b. 1912), prominent American lawyer and executive
  • Edgar Holland Winter (b. 1946), American keyboardist, saxophonist, and percussionist, brother of Johnny Winter
  • Alexander Ross "Alex" Winter (b. 1965), English-born American actor, film director and screenwriter, best known for his leading role in the 1989 film Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and the sequel Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
  • Donald Charles Winter (b. 1948), American businessman, United States Secretary of the Navy (2006-2009)
  • Douglas E. Winter (b. 1950), American writer, critic and lawyer
  • Edward Dean Winter (1937-2001), American actor, best known for his role as military intelligence officer Colonel Flagg on the television series M*A*S*H
  • Jay Murray Winter (b. 1945), American historian at Yale University



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