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.

One of the first on records was Sir William de Windsor, Baron Windsor (d. 1384), Deputy of Ireland, the son of Sir Alexander de Windsor of Grayrigg, Westmorland. "No connection has been proved between this family and that of the Windsors of Stanwell. " [1]

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 1381, 1513, 1178, 1445, 1917, 1360, 1467, 1543, 1541 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)

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Ireland 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.


United States Windsor migration to the United States +

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 [2]
  • 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 [2]
  • Solomon Windsor, aged 56, who landed in New York in 1812 [2]
  • Richard Windsor, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906 [2]
  • George W Windsor, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1855 [2]

Canada Windsor migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Windsor Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Timothy Windsor, who was recorded in the 1871 census of Ontario

Australia Windsor migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Windsor Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Clara Windsor, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lord Goderich" in 1838 [3]
  • Elizabeth Knight Windsor, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lord Goderich" in 1838 [3]
  • Harriett Windsor, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lord Goderich" in 1838 [3]
  • John Windsor, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lord Goderich" in 1838 [3]
  • John Windsor, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Windsor migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Windsor Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • 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
  • Isaac Windsor, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Ursula
  • Mr. Joseph Windsor, British settler arriving as the 1st detachment of Royal New Zealand Fencible Corps travelling from Tilbury, Essex aboard the ship "Ramillies" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 6th August 1847 [5]
  • Mrs. Mary Windsor née Rielly, British settler travelling from Tilbury, Essex aboard the ship "Ramillies" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 6th August 1847 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [6]
  • Julius Gayle Windsor Jr. (1920-1991), American Democrat politician, Member of Arkansas State House of Representatives, 1957-62, 1967-80 [7]
  • Mrs. Harlan Windsor, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Missouri, 1924 [7]
  • E. Stuart Windsor, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1936 [7]
  • David A. Windsor, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Alexandria, Virginia, 1882-85 [7]
  • Barbara Windsor, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, 1998 [7]
  • Duchess Wallis Warfield Windsor (1896-1986), Duchess of Windsor
  • Richard Windsor, American hunter, scout, and woodsman on the Lewis and Clark Expedition
  • Ms. Patricia Deirdre Windsor M.V.O. (b. 1953), British Programme Co-ordinator for the Household of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, was appointed Member of the Royal Victorian Order on 29th December 2018 [8]
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


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.


Suggested Readings for the name Windsor +

  • 423 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.

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LORD GODERICH 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838LordGoderich.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839PrinceRegent.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists


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