Winston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Winston family

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.

Early History of the Winston family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Winston research. Another 66 words (5 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Winston family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Winston family to Ireland

Some of the Winston family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 61 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Winston migration to the United States +

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, who settled in Barbados in 1654
  • Nicholas Winston, who landed in America in 1654-1679 [1]
  • John Winston, who settled in Virginia in 1663
  • William Winston, who landed in Virginia in 1687 [1]
Winston Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Stephen Winston, who settled in Boston in 1716
  • Thomas Winston, who settled in Maryland in 1725
Winston Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Winston, aged 45, who arrived in New York in 1838 [1]
  • 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 immigrated to the United States from Edinburgh, in 1904
  • Ada Fountain Winston, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Austin Winston, aged 21, who immigrated to America from Bullenlough, Ireland, in 1907
  • Elizabeth Winston, aged 25, who landed in America from England, in 1907
  • Anna Winston, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States from Nantyglo, Wales, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Winston migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Winston Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Abraham Winston, aged 32, who settled in Calgary, Canada, in 1923

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 A. Winston, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Navy, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories
  • Charles Winston (1814-1864), English writer on glass-painting, born on 10 March 1814 at Lymington, Hampshire, the eldest son of Benjamin Winston, rector of Farningham, Kent [2]
  • Robert Maurice Lipson Winston (b. 1940), Baron Winston of Hammersmith, British scientist, politician, and television presenter
  • Robert Winston Killebrew (b. 1984), American former CFL football linebacker for the Calgary Stampeders (2009)
  • John Winston Foran (b. 1952), Canadian politician from New Brunswick, Minister of Public Safety (2006-2010)
  • Noah Winston Caton (1897-1922), American football player and track star, brother of Eugene Caton

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. James A Winston (b. 1954), American Staff Sergeant from West Birmingham, Alabama, USA who died in the crash [3]


Suggested Readings for the name Winston +

  • 3460 "The Winstons of Hanover County, Virginia and Related Families, 1666-1992" by Alfred Sumner Winston III.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019
  3. ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550


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