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The surname Winkler was first found in Saxony, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society that became prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches throughout Germany, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. Chronicles first mention Gerbod zu dem Winkel of Mainz in 1343, and Nicolaus Winkeler of Liegnitz in Silesia in 1397.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Winckler, Winkler, Winkel, Winckeler, Winkeler, Winck, Wincker, Winker, Winkele and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Winkler research. Another 336 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1582, 1628, 1631, 1650, 1654, 1675, 1704, 1710, 1735, 1766, and 1823 are included under the topic Early Winkler History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Winkler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Anna Catarina Winkler, aged 43, arrived in South Carolina in 1732
  • Frederick Winkler, aged 3, landed in South Carolina in 1732
  • Jaque Winkler, aged 19, arrived in South Carolina in 1732
  • Luis Winkler, aged 6, arrived in South Carolina in 1732
  • Jacob Winkler, who arrived in South Carolina in 1735


Winkler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Jakob Winkler, who landed in Texas in 1844
  • Johanna Winkler, who landed in New York in 1850
  • Kreszentia Epple Winkler, who landed in America in 1850
  • Eduard Winkler, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Gottwald Winkler came to Philadelphia in 1850


Winkler Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Christine Winkler, aged 24, landed in America in 1900
  • Carolina Winkler, aged 20, landed in America in 1900
  • Anastasia Winkler, aged 48, arrived in America in 1900
  • Phillip Winkler, aged 50, landed in America in 1900
  • Margretha Winkler, aged 15, arrived in America in 1900


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  • Irwin Winkler (b. 1931), American Academy Award and BAFTA Award winning film producer and director, known for his films Rocky, They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Raging Bull, The Right Stuff and Goodfellas
  • Henry Winkler OBE (b. 1945), American Golden Globe and Daytime Emmy Award winning actor, director, producer, and author, probably best known for his role as "The Fonz" in the 1970s sitcom Happy Days
  • Harry Winkler, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oregon, 1944
  • Frederick C. Winkler (b. 1838), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1868; Member of Wisconsin State Assembly, 1872
  • Frank J. Winkler, American Republican politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly from Calumet County, 1902
  • Elmer Winkler, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1952
  • Edward P. Winkler, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Maryland 4th District, 1968
  • Carl Winkler, American Democrat politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly, 1861
  • Anna Winkler, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1956
  • Alberta Winkler, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1996

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  2. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
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  4. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
  5. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
  6. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
  7. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  8. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  9. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
  10. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
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