Winterburn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Winterburn 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 Winterburn family

The surname Winterburn 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 Winterburn family

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

Winterburn Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Winterburn family (pre 1700)

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


United States Winterburn migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Winterburn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Elizabeth Winterburn and her husband who settled in New England in 1676
Winterburn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Winterburn, who arrived in America in 1764
Winterburn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Winterburn, who was naturalized in Allegheny Co. Pennsylvania in 1846
  • Samuel Winterburn, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1846 [6]

New Zealand Winterburn 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:

Winterburn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Edwin Winterburn, aged 21, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hannibal" in 1875
  • Elizabeth Winterburn, aged 24, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hannibal" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Winterburn (post 1700) +

  • Joe Winterburn, English professional rugby league footballer who played from 1911 to 1920 for Yorkshire; he won caps for Yorkshire while at Bradford Northern
  • Nigel Winterburn (b. 1963), English former professional footballer


  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. ^ 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)


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