The name Winnch came to England
with the ancestors of the Winnch family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Winnch family lived in Bedfordshire
, at Winch.
The name was originally derived from the Old English word winch,
meaning sharp bend in the river.
Early Origins of the Winnch family
The surname Winnch was first found in Bedfordshire
(Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England
, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon
kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat
as Lords of the manor of Haynes. Conjecturally they are descended from Hugh de Beauchamp who occupied those lands at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
a census initiated by William the Conqueror in 1086 after his Conquest of England
in the year 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Winnch family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Winnch research.Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1660, 1654, 1667, 1555, 1625, 1608, 1611, 1616, 1622, 1703, 1660, 1661, 1679, 1679, 1681, 1685, 1689, 1679 and 1684 are included under the topic Early Winnch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Winnch Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Winche, Winch, Whinch, Whinche, Wince and others.
Early Notables of the Winnch family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Humphrey Winch (1555-1625), an English judge from Bedfordshire
, Lord Chief Justice of Ireland
(1608-1611) who had a distinguished career in Ireland
and England, but whose reputation was seriously damaged by the... Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Winnch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Winnch family to Ireland
Some of the Winnch family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
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Migration of the Winnch family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Winnch or a variant listed above: Mary Winche who settled in New England
in 1634; Katherine Winch settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1768; F. Winch settled in San Francisco Cal. in 1852.