Winterbourne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Winterbourne surname is generally thought to have been taken on from the various places so named in Britain. The place names derive from the Old English "winter" and "burn," meaning "stream;" thus denoting a stream that dries up in summer. [1]

Early Origins of the Winterbourne family

The surname Winterbourne was first found in Gloucestershire where the Parish of Winterbourne predates its entry in Domesday Book, [2] and where there was a manor house of this name from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest. One of the first on record was Henry de Winterburna who was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1175 in both Dorset and Somerset. [3]

Walter Winterbourne (1225?-1305), was an early English cardinal who "probably took his family name from one of the numerous villages called Winterbourne in the immediate proximity of Salisbury. He was born about 1225 at Old or New Sarum. " [4]

There are at least nine parishes named Winterbourne or having the same prefix throughout Britain. [5] All nine were listed in the Domesday Book. Some denote the family that held estates there as in Winterbourne Bassett in Wiltshire, Winterbourne Houghton, Winterbourne Strickland and Winterbourne Zelston, all in Dorset.

Walter of Winterburn (died 1305) was an English Dominican, cardinal, orator, poet, philosopher, and theologian. King Edward I chose him as his confessor and spiritual director and was created cardinal on February 21, 1304, by Pope Benedict XI.

Early History of the Winterbourne family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Winterbourne research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1230, 1571, 1634, 1688, 1625 and 1649 are included under the topic Early Winterbourne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Winterbourne Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Winterburn, Winterburne, Winterborn and others.

Early Notables of the Winterbourne family (pre 1700)

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Winterbourne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Winterbourne migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Winterbourne Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Winterbourne, who arrived in Jamaica in 1737

New Zealand Winterbourne migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Winterbourne Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Winterbourne, (b. 1829), aged 30, British ivory turner travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Regina" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th December 1859 [6]
  • Mrs. Susan Winterbourne, (b. 1832), aged 27, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Regina" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th December 1859 [6]
  • Mr. Thomas Winterbourne, (b. 1848), aged 11, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Regina" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th December 1859 [6]
  • Mr. John Winterbourne, (b. 1850), aged 9, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Regina" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th December 1859 [6]
  • Miss Susanna Winterbourne, (b. 1854), aged 5, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Regina" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th December 1859 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Winterbourne (post 1700) +

  • Mrs. Hannah Rose Winterbourne M.B.E. (b. 1987), British Captain for the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 [7]


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists


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