name Winsett comes from the family having resided in Buckinghamshire
. The family name Winsett 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 Winsett family
The surname Winsett 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 Winsett family
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Winsett Spelling Variations
Winsett has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Winslow, Winselow, Winsloe and others.
Early Notables of the Winsett family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Winsett family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Winsetts to arrive on North American shores:
Winsett Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Annie E. Winsett, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
- Benjamin F. Winsett, aged 47, who landed in America, in 1909
- Maurice E Winsett, aged 11, who settled in America, in 1909
Contemporary Notables of the name Winsett (post 1700)
- Jerry Winsett (b. 1950), American actor, writer and singer who has appeared in many television shows including Coach, Mr. Belvedere, It’s Garry Shandling's Show and Newhart
- Robert Emmett Winsett (1876-1952), American composer and publisher of Gospel music
- John Thomas "Long Tom" Winsett (1909-1987), American Major League Baseball left fielder