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The distinguished surname Windle emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Flemish surnames of this type frequently are prefixed by de la or de le, which mean of the or from the. The Windle family originally lived in the settlement of Wynkel in Flanders. The surname Windle belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads, or other places. Alternatively the name could have been a nickname referring to "the winkle" as in a periwinkle.

Windle Early Origins



The surname Windle was first found in Cheshire where one of the first records of the name was "Winchul" c. 1200 in East Cheshire. The next reference found was that of John le Wenchel who was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1271 in Buckinghamshire. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Windle Spelling Variations


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Windle Spelling Variations



Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Winkler, Winkle, Windle, Winkel, Wynkler, Wynkle and others.

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Windle Early History


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Windle Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Windle research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Windle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Windle Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Windle Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Windle In Ireland


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Windle In Ireland



Some of the Windle family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 194 words (14 lines of text) 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



An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Windle or a variant listed above:

Windle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Windle, who landed in Maryland in 1669

Windle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mathias Windle, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1745
  • Francis Windle, who arrived in America in 1764

Windle Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • George Windle, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Windle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Nicholas Windle, aged 25, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878
  • John Windle, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name Windle (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Windle (post 1700)



  • Willis Brewer Windle (1904-1981), American Major League Baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the late 1920s
  • Jeanette Windle, American writer of children's and thriller novels
  • Janice Woods Windle, American author from Texas, best known for her True Women series
  • W. Butler Windle, American Republican politician, Common pleas court judge in Pennsylvania 15th District, 1927-29
  • Murray N. Windle, American politician, Mayor of Chillicothe, Missouri, 1939-43
  • Edwin Windle, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1944
  • D. T. Windle, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives from Greene County, 1944
  • Alan Hardwick Windle FRS (b. 1942), British material scientist, Chair of Materials Science at Cambridge University
  • Robert George "Bob" Windle (b. 1944), Australian five-time gold, two-time silver and three-time bronze medalist freestyle swimmer

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  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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The Windle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Windle 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.

This page was last modified on 26 January 2016 at 09:32.

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