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The distinguished surname Winkel 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 Winkel family originally lived in the settlement of Wynkel in Flanders. The surname Winkel 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.

Winkel Early Origins



The surname Winkel 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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Winkel Spelling Variations


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Winkel 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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Winkel Early History


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Winkel Early History



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

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Winkel Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Winkel Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Winkel In Ireland


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Winkel In Ireland



Some of the Winkel 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


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The Great Migration



Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Winkel or a variant listed above:

Winkel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henrig Winkel, who arrived in New York in 1709

Winkel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • M H Winkel, aged 40, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Heinrich Franz Winkel, his wife Catharina Brandes and their four children
  • Friedrich Winkel came with his wife Margaret Sievers and their three children to Texas in 1845
  • Ludwig Winkel, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1845
  • Else Winkel, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1845
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Winkel (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Winkel (post 1700)



  • Nathaniel "Nate" Winkel (b. 1978), retired American soccer midfielder
  • Adrian Paul Winkel (1915-1994), American politician, High Commissioner of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands
  • Adrian Winkel, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1960
  • Petrus Wijtse Winkel (1909-2012), Dutch colonial administrator and centenarian
  • Cees Jan Winkel (1962-1980), Dutch freestyle swimmer at the 1980 Summer Olympics
  • Kornelia Winkel (b. 1944), Dutch two-time silver medalist backstroke swimmer

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Citations


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Citations



  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. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  11. ...

The Winkel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Winkel 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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