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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.

Winsor Early Origins



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.

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Winsor Spelling Variations


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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.

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Winsor Early History


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Winsor Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Winsor research. Another 244 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1178, 1360, 1381, 1445, 1467, 1513, 1541, 1543, and 1624 are included under the topic Early Winsor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Winsor Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Winsor Early Notables (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.

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Winsor In Ireland


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Winsor In Ireland



Some of the Winsor family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 110 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • Robert Winsor, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1652
  • Thomas Winsor, who landed in Maryland in 1670
  • Jane Winsor, who arrived in Maryland in 1671
  • Alexander Winsor, who arrived in Maryland in 1678
  • ... (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

Winsor Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Winsor, aged 36, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "China"
  • Henry Winsor, aged 33, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sultana"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Winsor (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Winsor (post 1700)



  • Kathleen Winsor (1919-2003), American author, best known for the romance novel Forever Amber
  • Justin Winsor (1831-1897), American librarian and historian
  • Tom Winsor (b. 1957), British lawyer former Rail Regulator and International Rail Regulator for Great Britain
  • Charles P. Winsor (1895-1951), engineer turned bio statistician

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    11. ...

    The Winsor Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Winsor Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 14 August 2015 at 14:20.

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