Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the city of Winchester in Hampshire. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word ventaceaster, meaning the dweller at the Roman fort.
Early Origins of the Winsster family
Hampshire where it is conjecturally believed that a Saxon Lord displaced in Hampshire moved north to Scotland and acquired lands in the county of Ayrshire and Lanarkshire.
Early History of the Winsster family
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Winsster Spelling Variations
spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Winsster family name include Winchester, Wincester and others.
Early Notables of the Winsster family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Winsster family to Ireland
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Migration of the Winsster family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Winsster surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Andrew Winchester, who arrived in Virginia in 1639 with his wife and child; John Winchester settled in Virginia in 1636; William Winchester arrived in Maryland in 1732.
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