name Windhrop comes from the family having resided at Winthrop
in the county of Lincolnshire
. That place-name is derived from the Old English personal name Winn,
and indicates that it was once owned by someone name Winn.
Early Origins of the Windhrop family
The surname Windhrop was first found in Lincolnshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor, some say at the time of the Norman Conquest
in the year 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Windhrop family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Windhrop research.Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1825, 1630, 1587, 1649, 1606, 1676, 1641 and 1717 are included under the topic Early Windhrop History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Windhrop Spelling Variations
Windhrop has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Winthorpe, Wynethorpe, Wynthorpe, Winethorpe, Wynethrop, Winthrop, Winthropp, Winethrop, Winthorp, Winthropp, Wynthropp, Wynethropp, Wynthrop, Winthrip, Winthrup, Withrupp, Withripp, Winthroppe, Wynthroppe and many more.
Early Notables of the Windhrop family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include John Winthrop (1587-1649), a wealthy English Puritan lawyer and one of the leading figures in the founding of... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Windhrop Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Windhrop family to Ireland
Some of the Windhrop family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 69 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Windhrop family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Windhrops to arrive on North American shores: Robert, Deane, John and Elizabeth Winthrop who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635 and they were related to the Governor or one of his brothers; William Winthrip settled in Virginia in 1663.
The Windhrop 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: Hope wins a throne
Motto Translation: An anagram of John Winthrop.