The name Whinch was brought to England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Whinch family lived in Bedfordshire
, at Winch.
The name was originally derived from the Old English word winch,
meaning sharp bend in the river.
Early Origins of the Whinch family
The surname Whinch was first found in Bedfordshire
(Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England
, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon
kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat
as Lords of the manor of Haynes. Conjecturally they are descended from Hugh de Beauchamp who occupied those lands at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
a census initiated by William the Conqueror in 1086 after his Conquest of England
in the year 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Whinch family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whinch research.Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1660, 1654, 1667, 1555, 1625, 1608, 1611, 1616, 1622, 1703, 1660, 1661, 1679, 1679, 1681, 1685, 1689, 1679 and 1684 are included under the topic Early Whinch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Whinch Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Winche, Winch, Whinch, Whinche, Wince and others.
Early Notables of the Whinch family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Humphrey Winch (1555-1625), an English judge from Bedfordshire
, Lord Chief Justice of Ireland
(1608-1611) who had a distinguished career in Ireland
and England, but whose reputation was seriously damaged by the... Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whinch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Whinch family to Ireland
Some of the Whinch family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Whinch family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Whinch or a variant listed above: Mary Winche who settled in New England
in 1634; Katherine Winch settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1768; F. Winch settled in San Francisco Cal. in 1852.