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The origins of the Winter surname date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from an early member of the family who was a person born in the wintertime having derived from the Old English word wintar, meaning wet season.

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The surname Winter was first found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Winter has been spelled many different ways, including Winter, Winters, Wynter and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Winter research. Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1162, 1622, 1686, 1661, 1665, 1665 and 1668 are included under the topic Early Winter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Winter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Winter family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words (6 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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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Winters to arrive in North America:

Winter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Winter, who settled in Maine in 1616
  • Robert Winter settled in Virginia in 1616
  • Edward Winter settled in Maryland in 1634
  • Ann Winter settled in Virginia in 1636
  • Ann Winter, who landed in Virginia in 1636
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Winter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Heinrich Winter, who came to New York State in 1710-11
  • Abraham Winter, who arrived in New England in 1724
  • Hans Winter came to Philadelphia in 1733
  • Hendrick Winter, who landed in New Jersey in 1744
  • Hans Georg Winter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751
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Winter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ehric Winter came to Philadelphia in 1803
  • Ehris Winter, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Jakob Winter, who arrived in Ohio in 1833
  • Conrad Winter came to Philadelphia in 1834
  • Edward Winter, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
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Winter Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Catharina Winter, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Mr. Joseph Winter U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Peter Winter U.E., (Winters) who settled in Elizabeth Town [Elizabethtown], Leeds County, Ontario c. 1786 he served in the Royal Regiment of New York [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Henry Winter U.E., (Winters) who settled in Elizabeth Town [Elizabethtown], Leeds County, Ontario c. 1786 he served in the Royal Regiment of New York, married at time of arriving [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Winter Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Heinrich Winter, who arrived in Manitoba in 1876

Winter Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Jane Winter, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Harry Winter, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • B.P. Winter arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838
  • R. Winter arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1839
  • George Winter arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Siam" in 1841
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Winter Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • David Winter, aged 40, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Anne Longton" in 1860
  • Eliza Winter, aged 24, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Anne Longton" in 1860
  • William Winter, aged 3, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Anne Longton" in 1860
  • James Winter, aged 1, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Anne Longton" in 1860
  • Edward Winter arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Owen Glendowner" in 1864
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  • Jo de Winter (1921-2016), American actress, known for her roles in Dirty Harry (1971), Bird (1988) and Gloria (1982)
  • Jay Murray Winter (b. 1945), American historian at Yale University
  • Edward Dean Winter (1937-2001), American actor, best known for his role as military intelligence officer Colonel Flagg on the television series M*A*S*H
  • Douglas E. Winter (b. 1950), American writer, critic and lawyer
  • Donald Charles Winter (b. 1948), American businessman, United States Secretary of the Navy (2006-2009)
  • Alexander Ross "Alex" Winter (b. 1965), English-born American actor, film director and screenwriter, best known for his leading role in the 1989 film Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and the sequel Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
  • John Dawson "Johnny" Winter (1944-2014), American blues guitarist, singer, and producer; Rolling Stone ranked him 63rd on its list of 100 greatest guitarists, triple Grammy Award-winning producer, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Edgar Holland Winter (b. 1946), American keyboardist, saxophonist, and percussionist, brother of Johnny Winter
  • William Forrest Winter (b. 1923), American lawyer, Governor of Mississippi (1980-84)
  • William Winter (1836-1917), American drama critic, biographer, and poet
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Winter Historic Events



Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Annie  Winter (1885-1917), Canadian resident from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Douglas Winter, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Miss Thirza Winter, English 2nd Class passenger residing in New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. William Henry Winter, English 1st Class Passenger from Liverpool, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking by escaping on either life boat 17, 19
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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The Winter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Winter 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.

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