The name Winset is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in Buckinghamshire
. The family name Winset is derived from the Old English personal name Wine,
and the Old English word hlaw,
and means that the original bearer of the name lived near a hill owned by someone name Wine.CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early Origins of the Winset family
The surname Winset was first found in Buckinghamshire
, at Winslow, today a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred
of Cottesloe with a population today of about 4,500. The town dates back to 795, when it was listed as Wineshlauu as land given by King Offa to the Abbey of St. Alban's. Years later in the Domesday Book
, it was listed as Weneslai, land held by the Bishop of Lisieux and at that time was in the Murley Hundred
and the manor there belonged to the Church of St. Alban. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Apart from being the source of this distinguished family's heritage, the market-town and parish of Winslow was well known in he 1800s for another reason which would be quite out of place today. "The white poppy was so successfully grown here, in 1821, as to produce 60lb. of opium, worth at least £75, from four acres, and 143lb. in the next year from eleven acres; for which, on both occasions, the prize of 30 guineas was awarded by the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Winset family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Winset research.Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1663, 1595, 1655, 1633, 1636 and 1644 are included under the topic Early Winset History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Winset Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Winset has been spelled many different ways, including Winslow, Winselow, Winsloe and others.
Early Notables of the Winset family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Winset family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Winsets to arrive in North America: Sarah Winsloe who settled in Virginia in 1685; Edward Winslow who settled in Hingham Massachusetts in 1633; Edward Winslow settled in Maine in 1622; Gilbert Winslow settled in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1620.