Windgate History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Windgate family
The surname Windgate was first found in Durham where they held a family seat at Wingate (now Wingate-Grange), in the parish of Kelloe.  
Wingate dates back to c. 1070-1080 when it was first listed as Windegatum and literally meant "wind-swept gap(s) or pass(es)" from the Old English words "wind-geat." The township of Windgates is in Northumberland and it dates back to 1208 when it was first listed as Wyndegates. 
Not withstanding the above, we must look to Northumberland for the first record of the family. For it is there that Aldret de Windegate c. 1145-1165 was registered. Over in Kent, Henry de Wingate was found there in the Pipe Rolls of 1204. And the Subsidy Rolls of 1332 listed David de Windyates in Cumberland in 1332. 
Further to the north in Scotland, the name is "of territorial origin probably from Wingate in Northumberland. There is a Wingate in the parish of Kelloe, county Durham, and there is a Windygates in Fife. The greater number of references point to the West Coast. "Windegaitis of yt Ilk" (Wingates of that Ilk) carry a portcullis as relative to the name. Bartholomew de Windegates was one of an inquest as to the lands of Ada de Baylloil in Northumberland, 1251." 
Early History of the Windgate family
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Windgate Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Wingate, Windgate, Wyngate, Wingett, Wingit and others.
Early Notables of the Windgate family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Ninian Winzet, Winyet or Wingate (1518-1592), Scottish controversialist, born in Renfrew. "Families of the same name held property and rented lands in Glasgow and the vicinity. " 
Edmund Wingate (1596-1656), was an English mathematical and legal writer, one of the first to publish in the 1620s on the principle of the...
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Migration of the Windgate family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Wingate, who settled in Virginia in 1654; Moses Wingate settled in Boston in 1765; John Wingatt settled in Virginia in 1648; John Wingart settled in New England with his wife and five sons..
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The Windgate Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Suum cuique
Motto Translation: To every man his own.
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