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The surname Winfrey comes from the Old English personal name Winfrid, derived from the elements "win" meaning "joy" and "frid" meaning "peace."

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The surname Winfrey was first found in Leicestershire around 1190, when Winfridus de Ethona was recorded.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Winfrey, Winfree, Winfrith, Winnefrith, Whinfrey, Wynfrey, Winfry and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Winfrey research. Another 212 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1279, and 1858 are included under the topic Early Winfrey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Winfrey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Winfrey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Samuel and Jes Winfrey, who took the Oath of Allegiance in Powhatan County, Virginia in 1777

Winfrey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Dorothy Winfrey, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Elen Winfrey, aged 22, who emigrated to America, in 1910
  • William Winfrey, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Edward E. Winfrey, aged 57, who landed in America, in 1912
  • Lewis E. Winfrey, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1913
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  • Amy Winfrey, American animator, screenwriter, songwriter and voice actress
  • William C. "Bill" Winfrey (1916-1994), American Hall of Fame Thoroughbred racehorse trainer
  • Clinton A. Winfrey, American Democrat politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Jackson County 7th District, 1923-24
  • Oprah Gail Winfrey (b. 1954), American multiple-Emmy Award winning host of The Oprah Winfrey Show
  • Sir Richard Winfrey (1858-1944), British Liberal politician and newspaper publisher
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  • The Winfrey Family by James Clifton Winfrey.
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