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Winters is a name whose history is entwined with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person born in the wintertime having derived from the Old English word wintar, meaning wet season.

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The surname Winters was first found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Winters were recorded, including Winter, Winters, Wynter and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Winters 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 Winters History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Winters Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Winters 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Winters family emigrate to North America:

Winters Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Winters, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773

Winters Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mary Winters, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Edward Winters, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Bernard Winters, who landed in Maryland in 1813
  • Claus Winters, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Robert Winters, who landed in New York in 1838
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Winters Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Winters, who arrived in Canada in 1834
  • Adam Winters, who arrived in Canada in 1841

Winters Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Winters, English convict from Cambridge, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Joseph Winters, English convict from Hertford, Hertfordshire, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia

Winters Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Solomon Winters, aged 23, a farm labourer, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
  • Amelia Winters, aged 22, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
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  • Frederick Winters, American Olympic sliver medalist for weightlifting at the 1904 Summer Games
  • Jonathan Winters (1925-2013), American Primetime Emmy Award winning, Golden Globe nominated comedian, best known for The Jonathan Winters Show (1967) and his role in It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)
  • Yvor Winters (1900-1968), American literary critic and poet
  • Dean Winters (b. 1964), American television actor
  • Brian Winters (b. 1952), former player and head coach in the NBA
  • Major Richard D Winters (1918-2011), United States Army officer, who commanded Company "E" of the 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division during the Second World War. Winters was portrayed in the 2001 HBO miniseries Band of Brothers by British actor Damian Lewis
  • Frank Winters (b. 1964), American former NFL center football player
  • Arthur Yvor Winters (1900-1968), American critic and poet
  • Bernie Winters (1932-1991), born Bernie Weinstein, English comedy double act with his brother Mike, active from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s
  • Mike Winters (1930-2013), born Michael Weinstein, English comedy double act with his brother Bernie, active from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s
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    Other References

    1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    8. 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.
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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