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Windsor History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Windsor is one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The Windsor family lived in Berkshire, at Windsor Castle.


Early Origins of the Windsor family


The surname Windsor was first found in Berkshire, where they were descended from William FitzOtho, who was son of Adalbert the second Duke of Lombardy. This Walter was given Windsor Castle by William, Duke of Normandy. His son, William Fitzwalter assumed the surname of the Castle.

Early History of the Windsor family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Windsor research.
Another 128 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1178, 1360, 1381, 1445, 1467, 1513, 1541, 1543, and 1624 are included under the topic Early Windsor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Windsor Spelling Variations


Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Windsor, Winsor, Winzer, Winser, Wincer and others.

Early Notables of the Windsor family (pre 1700)


Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Windsor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Windsor family to Ireland


Some of the Windsor family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 39 words (3 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 Windsor family to the New World and Oceana


Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Windsor name or one of its variants:

Windsor Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Windsor, who settled in Boston in 1631
  • Joshua Windsor, who arrived in Providence, Rhode Island in 1638
  • John Windsor, who landed in America in 1654-1679 [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)
  • Marthah Windsor, who settled in Nevis in 1660
  • Jane Windsor, who settled in Virginia in 1663
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Windsor Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Windsor, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1750

Windsor Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Lloyd D Windsor, aged 41, who landed in New York in 1812 [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)
  • Solomon Windsor, aged 56, who landed in New York in 1812 [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)
  • Richard Windsor, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906 [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)
  • George W Windsor, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1855 [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)

Windsor Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Timothy Windsor, who was recorded in the 1871 census of Ontario

Windsor Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Clara Windsor, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lord Goderich" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LORD GODERICH 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838LordGoderich.htm
  • Elizabeth Knight Windsor, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lord Goderich" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LORD GODERICH 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838LordGoderich.htm
  • Harriett Windsor, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lord Goderich" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LORD GODERICH 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838LordGoderich.htm
  • John Windsor, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lord Goderich" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LORD GODERICH 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838LordGoderich.htm
  • John Windsor, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839PrinceRegent.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Windsor Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Isaac Windsor, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Ursula
  • Charles Windsor, aged 32, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tyne" in 1841
  • Mary Windsor, aged 38, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tyne" in 1841
  • Henry Windsor, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Parsee" in 1873

Contemporary Notables of the name Windsor (post 1700)


  • Edith "Edie" Windsor (1929-2017), née Schlain, an American LGBT rights activist and a technology manager at IBM
  • Harriet N. Smith Windsor, American Democrat politician, Secretary of State of Delaware, 2001-; Vice-chair of Delaware Democratic Party, 2008; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Delaware, 2008 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Julius Gayle Windsor Jr. (1920-1991), American Democrat politician, Member of Arkansas State House of Representatives, 1957-62, 1967-80 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Mrs. Harlan Windsor, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Missouri, 1924 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • E. Stuart Windsor, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1936 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • David A. Windsor, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Alexandria, Virginia, 1882-85 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Barbara Windsor, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, 1998 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Duchess Wallis Warfield Windsor (1896-1986), Duchess of Windsor
  • Richard Windsor, American hunter, scout, and woodsman on the Lewis and Clark Expedition
  • Lord Frederick Michael George David Louis "Freddie" Windsor, (Frederick; born 6 April 1979), British financial analyst, and the only son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Suggested Readings for the name Windsor


  • Early Pioneers of Piedmont North Carolina Where Yadkin, Wilkes & Iredell Meet: The Descendants of Isaac Windsor, 1753-1821, Wight Generations by Gerald Wilson Cook.
  • Descendants of Roger Williams (also Windsor Family) by Roger Williams Family Association.

The Windsor 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: Je me fie en Dieu
Motto Translation: I trust in God.


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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) LORD GODERICH 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838LordGoderich.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839PrinceRegent.htm
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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