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Winch is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Winch family lived in Bedfordshire, at Winch. The name was originally derived from the Old English word winch, meaning sharp bend in the river.

Winch Early Origins



The surname Winch 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, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
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.

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Winch Spelling Variations


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Winch Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Winch include Winche, Winch, Whinch, Whinche, Wince and others.

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Winch Early History


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Winch Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Winch 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 Winch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Winch Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Winch Early Notables (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 Winch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Winch In Ireland


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Winch In Ireland



Some of the Winch family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Winchs to arrive on North American shores:

Winch Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Elizabeth Winch, who arrived in Virginia in 1659
  • Tho Winch, who arrived in Virginia in 1666
  • John Winch, aged 25, landed in Virginia in 1684

Winch Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Fanny Parke Winch, who landed in Virginia in 1739
  • Katherine Winch settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1768

Winch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Winch, who arrived in America in 1804
  • Conrad Winch settled in Texas in 1845
  • F. Winch settled in San Francisco, California in 1852

Winch Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Winch arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Louisa Baillie" in 1849
  • John Winch arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Boyne" in 1850

Winch Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Winch arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1851
  • Sarah Winch arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1851
  • Sarah Winch, aged 24, a cook, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waipa" in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name Winch (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Winch (post 1700)



  • Terence Winch (b. 1945), Irish-American poet, writer and musician, co-founder of the band Celtic Thunder in 1977
  • Walter T. Winch, American Republican politician, Member of New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Keene 1st Ward; Elected 1956
  • Marilyn Winch, American politician, Socialist Workers Candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1972
  • Louis H. Winch, American politician, Circuit Judge in Ohio 8th Circuit, 1893-1913
  • Eli E. Winch, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1912
  • Charles A. Winch, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 11th District, 1888
  • Amasa T. Winch, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Ontario County 2nd District, 1877-78
  • Ralph Phillip Winch Ph.D., American Physicist and Educator, Massachusetts
  • Andrew Winch, English multiple award winning yacht designer, founder of Andrew Winch Designs in 1986, interior designer of the Boeing 787
  • Martin Ronald Winch (1949-2011), English-born, New Zealand guitarist, composer and recording artist
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  3. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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The Winch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Winch Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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