Winsor History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Winsor is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest brought to England in 1066. The Winsor family lived in Berkshire, at Windsor Castle.

Early Origins of the Winsor family

The surname Winsor was first found in Berkshire, where they were descended from William FitzOtho, who was son of Adalbert the second Duke of Lombardy. This Walter was given Windsor Castle by William, Duke of Normandy. His son, William Fitzwalter assumed the surname of the Castle.

One of the first on records was Sir William de Windsor, Baron Windsor (d. 1384), Deputy of Ireland, the son of Sir Alexander de Windsor of Grayrigg, Westmorland. "No connection has been proved between this family and that of the Windsors of Stanwell. " [1]

Early History of the Winsor family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Winsor research. Another 128 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1381, 1513, 1178, 1445, 1917, 1360, 1467, 1543, 1541 and 1624 are included under the topic Early Winsor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Winsor 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 Windsor, Winsor, Winzer, Winser, Wincer and others.

Early Notables of the Winsor family (pre 1700)

Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Winsor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Winsor family to Ireland

Some of the Winsor family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 39 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Winsor migration to the United States +

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 Winsor or a variant listed above:

Winsor Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joseph Winsor, who arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1637 [2]
  • Robert Winsor, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1652 [2]
  • Thomas Winsor, who landed in Maryland in 1670 [2]
  • Jane Winsor, who arrived in Maryland in 1671 [2]
  • Alexander Winsor, who arrived in Maryland in 1678 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Winsor Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • C Winsor, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]

Australia Winsor migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Winsor Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Charles Winsor, aged 36, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "China" [3]
  • Henry Winsor, aged 33, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sultana" [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Winsor (post 1700) +

  • Curtin Winsor Jr. (b. 1939), American diplomat, United States Ambassador to Costa Rica (1985-1987)
  • Mulford Winsor (1874-1956), American newspaperman and politician, Member of the Arizona State Senate from the Yuma County district (1916-1920)
  • William Winsor (1819-1904), American philanthropist, town treasurer, bank officer, farmer and co-founder of the Greenville Public Library
  • Robert Winsor (1858-1930), American financier, investment banker, and philanthropist
  • Frank E. Winsor (1870-1939), American civil engineer, Chief Engineer for the Boston Metropolitan District Water Supply Commission
  • Roy Winsor (1912-1987), American soap opera writer, creator and novelist from Chicago
  • Dr. Frederick Winsor (1829-1889), American Civil War surgeon, head of the Massachusetts State Hospital
  • Charles P. Winsor (1895-1951), American engineer turned bio statistician
  • Justin Winsor (1831-1897), American librarian and historian, eponym of the Justin Winsor Prize, awarded by the Library History Round Table of the American Library Association for the best library history essay
  • Kathleen Winsor (1919-2003), American author, best known for the romance novel Forever Amber
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Winsor Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Je me fie en Dieu
Motto Translation: I trust in God.


  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHINA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/china1852.shtml
  4. ^ South Australian Register Saturday 4th February 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sultana 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sultana1854.shtml.


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