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Early Origins of the Winchell family

The surname Winchell was first found in Berwickshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times at Winscheill near Duns, 12 miles west of Berwick on Tweed, in that shire. [1] Notable in Berwickshire is Duns Castle.

Further to the south, Robert de Winchelsea (d. 1313) was "Archbishop of Canterbury [and] derived his name from Old Winchelsea in Kent, where he was probably born. A confusion of him with a namesake, John Winchelsea, has led to the improbable assertion that he was a fellow of Merton College. " [2]

Today, Winchelsea is an ancient town in Sussex. [3] Dating back to at least 1130, the town literally means "island by a river bend." from the Old English "wincel" + "eg." [4]

The Assize Rolls of Northumberland recorded Hawis Wenchel in 1203 and later, the Assize Rolls for Cheshire listed Puncok le Wenchill. [5]

Early History of the Winchell family

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Winchell Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Winchell, Winchel, Winshell, Wynchell, Wynshell, Wynchel, Wynchil and many more.

Early Notables of the Winchell family (pre 1700)

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Winchell Ranking

In the United States, the name Winchell is the 6,459th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [6]


United States Winchell migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Winchell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joe Winchell, who settled in New England in 1635 with Elizabeth his mother
  • Elizabeth Winchell, aged 52, who landed in New England in 1635 [7]
  • Jo Winchell, aged 13, who arrived in New England in 1635 [7]
  • Robert Winchell, who arrived in Virginia in 1653 [7]
  • Nathaniel Winchell, who landed in New England in 1686 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Winchell (post 1700) +

  • Philo M. Winchell, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Dutchess County, 1830 [8]
  • Joseph R. Winchell, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1868; Postmaster at Hannibal, Missouri, 1876-77 [8]
  • John P. Winchell, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Cornwall; Elected 1906 [8]
  • James Winchell, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Dutchess County, 1802-03 [8]
  • J. Rice Winchell, American politician, U.S. Collector of Customs, 1909 [8]
  • J. M. Winchell, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1856 [8]
  • George Winchell, American Republican politician, Mayor of Ionia, Michigan, 1908 [8]
  • G. Winchell, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 22nd District, 1873-75 [8]
  • Bryant C. Winchell, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1916 [8]
  • Newton Horace Winchell (1839-1914), American geologist and author, best known for his six-volume The Geology of Minnesota: Final Report of the Geological and Natural History Survey of Minnesota
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  7. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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