Winbush History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Winbush family

The surname Winbush was first found in Essex, at Wimbish, an ancient Anglo-Saxon village and civil parish within Uttlesford that dates back to c. 1040 when it was listed as Winebisc and Wimbisc. By the time of the Domesday Book of 1086, the village was known and listed as Wimbeis and possibly meant "bushy copse of a man called Wine," from the Old English personal name + "bysce." [1]

Early History of the Winbush family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Winbush research. Another 106 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600 and 1190 are included under the topic Early Winbush History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Winbush Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wimbishe, Wymbishe, Wimbyshe, Wymbyshe, Wimbush, Wimbish, Winbush, Winbisse, Winbiss, Wimbis and many more.

Early Notables of the Winbush family (pre 1700)

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New Zealand Winbush migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Winbush Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Joseph S. Winbush, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lorraine" in 1879

Contemporary Notables of the name Winbush (post 1700) +

  • Troy Winbush (b. 1970), American actor
  • Raymond Arnold Winbush (b. 1948), aka Tikari Bioko, an American-African scholar and activist
  • Nelson W. Winbush (b. 1929), African-American educator and retired assistant principal, one of the few African-American members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans
  • Camille Winbush (b. 1990), American television actress, comedian and recording artist
  • Angela Lisa Winbush (b. 1955), American R&B/soul singer-songwriter, member of the 1980s R&B duo René & Angela; she has sold over ten million albums and singles worldwide


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


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