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The ancestry of the name Winchester dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the city of Winchester in Hampshire. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word ventaceaster, meaning the dweller at the Roman fort.

Winchester Early Origins



The surname Winchester was first found in Hampshire where it is conjecturally believed that a Saxon Lord displaced in Hampshire moved north to Scotland and acquired lands in the county of Ayrshire and Lanarkshire.

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Winchester Spelling Variations


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Winchester Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Winchester have been found, including Winchester, Wincester and others.

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Winchester Early History


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Winchester Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Winchester research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1495 and 1826 are included under the topic Early Winchester History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Winchester Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Winchester Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Winchester Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Winchester In Ireland


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Winchester In Ireland



Some of the Winchester 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



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Winchester, or a variant listed above:

Winchester Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jo Winchester, aged 19, who arrived in New England in 1635 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • John Winchester, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Alexander Winchester, who arrived in Braintree, Massachusetts in 1636 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • John Winchester, who settled in Virginia in 1636
  • Richard Winchester, who arrived in New England in 1638 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Winchester Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Arthur Winchester, who landed in Virginia in 1719 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • William Winchester, who arrived in Maryland in 1732
  • William Winchester Sr. aged 79, who arrived in Maryland in 1790

Winchester Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Winchester, who arrived in Baltimore Maryland in 1822

Winchester Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Valentine Winchester, aged 39, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Trafalgar" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The TRAFALGAR 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Trafalgar.htm
  • Charles Winchester, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1849 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The TRAFALGAR 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Trafalgar.htm
  • Herbert Winchester, aged 15, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Punjab"
  • Eliza Winchester, aged 19, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Punjab"
  • Jane Winchester, aged 14, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Punjab"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Winchester Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Petty Winchester, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Winchester, aged 36, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1874
  • Sarah H. Winchester, aged 35, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1874
  • Mary J. Winchester, aged 8, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1874
  • Hamilton Winchester, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Winchester (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Winchester (post 1700)



  • James Ridout "Jesse" Winchester (1944-2014), American musician and songwriter
  • Scott Joseph Winchester (b. 1973), American former Major League Baseball player
  • Marcus C. Winchester, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 20th District, 1863-65
  • Marcus Brutus Winchester (1796-1856), American politician, Mayor of Memphis, Tennessee, 1827-29; Member of Tennessee State House of Representatives, 1851
  • L. W. Winchester, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Gold Democrat National Convention from Illinois, 1896
  • Henry M. Winchester, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Delaware at-large, 1950
  • Frank K. Winchester, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1892
  • Charles M. Winchester, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 28th District, 1922
  • Charles A. Winchester, American Republican politician, Mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts, 1868-69
  • Boyd Winchester (1836-1923), American Democrat politician, Member of Kentucky State Senate, 1867-68; U.S. Representative from Kentucky 5th District, 1869-73; U.S. Minister to Switzerland, 1885-89
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Winchester Historic Events


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Winchester Historic Events




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Suggested Readings for the name Winchester


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Suggested Readings for the name Winchester



  • John Winchester 161-1694, A Settler of New England, and One Line of his Descendants by George Rogers Presson.

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Winchester Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The TRAFALGAR 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Trafalgar.htm

Other References

  1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  2. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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