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The surname Whinfrey comes from the Old English personal name Winfrid, derived from the elements "win" meaning "joy" and "frid" meaning "peace."

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The surname Whinfrey was first found in Leicestershire around 1190, when Winfridus de Ethona was recorded.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Winfrey, Winfree, Winfrith, Winnefrith, Whinfrey, Wynfrey, Winfry and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whinfrey research. Another 212 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1279, and 1858 are included under the topic Early Whinfrey History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William Winfrye, who settled in Virginia in 1638; William Winfried, who immigrated to Virginia in 1651; and Samuel and Jes Winfrey, who took the Oath of Allegiance in Powhatan County, Virginia in 1777..

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