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The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought much change, including many immigrants with new names. Among these were the ancestors of the Winston family, whose name comes from the Old English personal name Wynstan. That name is derived from the Old English elements wyn, meaning joy, and stan, meaning stone.

Winston Early Origins



The surname Winston was first found in Gloucestershire where they are conjecturally descended from Ansfrid de Cormeiles, a Norman knight from the Abbey of Cormeiles in Normandy.

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Winston Spelling Variations


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Winston Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Winston, Winstone and others.

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Winston Early History


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Winston Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Winston research. Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1556, 1576, 1655 and 1602 are included under the topic Early Winston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Winston Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Winston Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Winston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Winston In Ireland


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Winston In Ireland



Some of the Winston family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 111 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



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Winston or a variant listed above:

Winston Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Nicholas Winston settled in Barbados in 1654
  • Nicholas Winston, who landed in America in 1654-1679
  • John Winston settled in Virginia in 1663
  • William Winston, who landed in Virginia in 1687

Winston Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Stephen Winston settled in Boston in 1716
  • Thomas Winston settled in Maryland in 1725

Winston Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Winston, aged 45, arrived in New York in 1838
  • D. B. Winston, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1895

Winston Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Charles Winston, aged 42, who emigrated to the United States from Edinburgh, in 1904
  • Ada Fountain Winston, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Austin Winston, aged 21, who emigrated to America from Bullenlough, Ireland, in 1907
  • Elizabeth Winston, aged 25, who landed in America from England, in 1907
  • Anna Winston, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Nantyglo, Wales, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Winston Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Abraham Winston, aged 32, who settled in Calgary, Canada, in 1923

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Contemporary Notables of the name Winston (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Winston (post 1700)



  • Stanley "Stan" Winston (1946-2008), American four-time Academy Award winning television and film special make-up effects creator, best known for his work in The Thing, the Terminator series, the first three Jurassic Park films, Aliens, the first two Predator films, Iron Man, Edward Scissorhands, and Avatar
  • Hattie Mae Winston (b. 1945), American television, film and Broadway actress
  • Peter Jonathan Winston (b. 1958), American chess player
  • George Winston (b. 1949), American pianist, best known for his new age music
  • Robert Maurice Lipson Winston (b. 1940), Baron Winston of Hammersmith, British scientist, politician, and television presenter

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Winston Historic Events


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Winston Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. James A Winston (b. 1954), American Staff Sergeant from West Birmingham, Alabama, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

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Suggested Readings for the name Winston


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Suggested Readings for the name Winston



  • The Winstons of Hanover County, Virginia and Related Families, 1666-1992 by Alfred Sumner Winston III.

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Winston Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    8. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    11. ...

    The Winston Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Winston 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 4 December 2016 at 11:20.

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