Whynche is a name that first reached England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Whynche 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 Whynche family
The surname Whynche 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 Whynche family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whynche 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 Whynche History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Whynche Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Whynche are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Whynche include Winche, Winch, Whinch, Whinche, Wince and others.
Early Notables of the Whynche 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 Whynche Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Whynche family to Ireland
Some of the Whynche family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
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Migration of the Whynche family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Whynche, 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.