Whynot History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Whynot family

The surname Whynot was first found in Berkshire where we find Sarra de Winiard in the Curia Regis Rolls of 1212. Later Juliana de la Wingarde was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1275 and William atte Wyneard was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Somerset in 1327. [1]

The name literally means "worker in the vineyard." [1] [2] [3] However, one should note the word "winnard" can also be derived from the Cornish "qwilkyn" meaning "redwing" as in the bird.

Another source notes confirms William atte Wyneard in Somerset, 1 Edward III (in the first year of the reign of Edward III.) [4]

Early History of the Whynot family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whynot research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1596, 1577, 1665, 1739, 1563, 1617, 1614, 1563, 1581, 1617, 1602, 1603, 1603, 1607, 1614, 1603, 1587, 1615, 1617, 1603, 1688, 1641, 1660, 1678, 1679, 1679 and 1681 are included under the topic Early Whynot History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Whynot Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wynyard, Wynard, Winnard, Winward, Winwood and others.

Early Notables of the Whynot family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Ralph Winwood (c. 1563-1617), an English diplomat and politician, English Ambassador in France, Secretary of State and Privy Councillor from 1614 until his death. He was born about 1563 at Aynhoe in Northamptonshire, the son of Richard Winwood. His grandfather, Lewis Winwood, was at one time secretary to Charles Brandon, duke of Suffolk. His father was described in the university registers as 'plebeius.' He owned no land, and possibly was a tenant on the Aynhoe estate which belonged to Magdalen College, Oxford. On his death, before 1581, his widow Joan married John Weekes of...
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Migration of the Whynot family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Thomas Winyod settled in Virginia in 1654; Adam Wynhard settled in Philadelphia in 1753.


Contemporary Notables of the name Whynot (post 1700) +

  • John Whynot (b. 1959), Canadian musician, producer, engineer, film score mixer and composer


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.


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