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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.
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.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Windsor research. Another 244 words (17 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.
Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Windsor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Windsor family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 110 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
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 came to Boston in 1631
- Joshua Windsor, who arrived in Providence, Rhode Island in 1638
- John Windsor, who landed in America in 1654-1679
- Marthah Windsor, who came to Nevis in 1660
- Jane Windsor, who settled in Virginia in 1663
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, landed in New York in 1812
- Solomon Windsor, aged 56, landed in New York in 1812
- Richard Windsor, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906
- George W Windsor, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1855
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 arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lord Goderich" in 1838
- Elizabeth Knight Windsor arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lord Goderich" in 1838
- Harriett Windsor arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lord Goderich" in 1838
- John Windsor arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lord Goderich" in 1838
- John Windsor arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839
Windsor Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Isaac Windsor landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Ursula
- Charles Windsor, aged 32, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tyne" in 1841
- Mary Windsor, aged 38, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tyne" in 1841
- Henry Windsor arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Parsee" in 1873
- Julius Gayle Windsor Jr. (1920-1991), American Democrat politician, Member of Arkansas State House of Representatives, 1957-62, 1967-80
- Mrs. Harlan Windsor, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Missouri, 1924
- E. Stuart Windsor, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1936
- David A. Windsor, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Alexandria, Virginia, 1882-85
- Barbara Windsor, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, 1998
- 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
- Duchess Wallis Warfield Windsor (1896-1986), Duchess of Windsor
- Richard Windsor, American hunter, scout, and woodsman on the Lewis and Clark Expedition
- Prince Philip Arthur George Charles Windsor (b. 1948), British Prince of Wales
- Duke Philip Windsor (b. 1921), British Duke of Edinburgh
- 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 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.
- Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
- MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
- Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
- Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
- Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
- Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
- Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
- Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
- Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
- Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
The Windsor Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Windsor 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.
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