The name Winstan reached England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It is based on the Old English personal name Wynstan.
That name is derived from the Old English elements wyn,
Early Origins of the Winstan family
The surname Winstan was first found in Gloucestershire
where they are conjecturally descended from Ansfrid de Cormeiles, a Norman knight from the Abbey of Cormeiles in Normandy.
Early History of the Winstan family
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Winstan Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Winstan have been found, including Winston, Winstone and others.
Early Notables of the Winstan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Winstan family to Ireland
Some of the Winstan family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Winstan family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Winstan were among those contributors: John Winston settled in Virginia in 1663; Nicholas Winston settled in Barbados in 1654; Stephen Winston settled in Boston in 1716; Thomas Winston settled in Maryland in 1725..