Winkler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Winkler family

The surname Winkler was first found in Saxony, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society that became prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches throughout Germany, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. Chronicles first mention Gerbod zu dem Winkel of Mainz in 1343, and Nicolaus Winkeler of Liegnitz in Silesia in 1397.

Early History of the Winkler family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Winkler research. Another 254 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1582, 1628, 1631, 1650, 1654, 1675, 1704, 1710, 1735, 1766, and 1823 are included under the topic Early Winkler History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Winkler Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Winckler, Winkler, Winkel, Winckeler, Winkeler, Winck, Wincker, Winker, Winkele and many more.

Early Notables of the Winkler family (pre 1700)

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United States Winkler migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Winkler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anna Catarina Winkler, aged 43, who arrived in South Carolina in 1732 [1]
  • Frederick Winkler, aged 3, who landed in South Carolina in 1732 [1]
  • Jaque Winkler, aged 19, who arrived in South Carolina in 1732 [1]
  • Luis Winkler, aged 6, who arrived in South Carolina in 1732 [1]
  • Jacob Winkler, who arrived in South Carolina in 1735 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Winkler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jakob Winkler, who landed in Texas in 1844 [1]
  • Johanna Winkler, who landed in New York in 1850 [1]
  • Kreszentia Epple Winkler, who landed in America in 1850 [1]
  • Eduard Winkler, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • Gottwald Winkler, who settled in Philadelphia in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Winkler Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Christine Winkler, aged 24, who landed in America in 1900 [1]
  • Carolina Winkler, aged 20, who landed in America in 1900 [1]
  • Anastasia Winkler, aged 48, who arrived in America in 1900 [1]
  • Phillip Winkler, aged 50, who landed in America in 1900 [1]
  • Margretha Winkler, aged 15, who arrived in America in 1900 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Winkler (post 1700) +

  • Henry Winkler OBE (b. 1945), American Golden Globe and Daytime Emmy Award winning actor, director, producer, and author, probably best known for his role as "The Fonz" in the 1970s sitcom Happy Days
  • Irwin Winkler (b. 1931), American Academy Award and BAFTA Award winning film producer and director, known for his films Rocky, They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Raging Bull, The Right Stuff and Goodfellas
  • Andrew Winkler, American mathematician and inventor
  • John M. Winkler, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Oregon, 1956 [2]
  • Harry Winkler, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oregon, 1944 [2]
  • Frederick C. Winkler (b. 1838), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1868; Member of Wisconsin State Assembly, 1872 [2]
  • Frank J. Winkler, American Republican politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly from Calumet County, 1902 [2]
  • Elmer Winkler, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1952 [2]
  • Edward P. Winkler, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Maryland 4th District, 1968 [2]
  • Carl Winkler, American Democrat politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly, 1861 [2]
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bismarck
  • Kurt Winkler (1920-1941), German Funkgefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]
  • Franz Winkler (1922-1941), German Maschinengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]


  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details


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