Winters History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Winters is a name whose history is entwined with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person born in the wintertime having derived from the Old English word wintar, meaning wet season. [1]

Early Origins of the Winters family

The surname Winters was first found in Gloucestershire.

"The natural seasons gave personal names in the same way. ' Summer and Winter are both ancient names; in the Cod. Dip. Alamannioe there are two brothers called respectively Sumar and Winter, A.D. 858. Winter was also the name of one of the companions of Hereward the Saxon. 'Although a pre - Norman personal name, Winter survived the Conquest, and attained hereditary honours as a surname in the 13th cent. " [2]

Another source postulates "most probably the Old English personal name Wintra (A.D. 699) and Uuintra (A.D. 704), associated in the popular mind with Old English winter, 'winter'. " [3]

And another notes "Winter was the name of one of the companions of the Anglo-Saxon Hereward, and Winter and Sommer are both German and modern Danish names. " [4]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Wynter Mariot in Norfolk and Gelle Winter in Cambridgeshire, so as you can see the name was in use as both a forename and surname from very early times. [2]

Further to the north in Scotland, "Elsi, son of Winter, had a grant of the lands of Thirlstane from Hugh de Morville before 1162. Jop Wyntyr was a charter witness at Yester in 1374. " [3]

Early History of the Winters family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Winters research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1162, 1447, 1452, 1474, 1487, 1488, 1494, 1379, 1572, 1606, 1589, 1646, 1645, 1646, 1600, 1673, 1600, 1603, 1666, 1622, 1686, 1661, 1665, 1665, 1668 and are included under the topic Early Winters History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Winters Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Winters were recorded, including Winter, Winters, Wynter and others.

Early Notables of the Winters family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Thomas Winter or Wintour (1572-1606), an English conspirator, the younger brother of Robert Winter of Huddington, Worcestershire. "They were descended from Wintor, the castellan of Carnarvon, their name being originally Gwyntou. The family settled at Wych in the reign of Edward I, and there remained till Roger Wintor in the reign of Henry VI married the coheiress of Huddington and Cassy. George Winter, the father of Robert and Thomas by his first wife, Jane Ingleby, was the son of Robert Winter of Cavewell, Gloucestershire. " [5] Admiral Sir William Winter or Wynter (d. 1589)...
Another 112 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Winters Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Winters family to Ireland

Some of the Winters family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 50 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 Winters migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Winters family emigrate to North America:

Winters Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Winters, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [6]
Winters Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary Winters, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [6]
  • Edward Winters, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [6]
  • Bernard Winters, who landed in Maryland in 1813 [6]
  • Claus Winters, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 [6]
  • Robert Winters, who landed in New York in 1838 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Winters migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Winters Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Henry Winters U.E. (b. 1741) who settled in Osnabruck [South Stormont], Dundas and Glengarry, Ontario c. 1786 he served in Walter Butler's Company [7]
  • Mr. Peter Winters U.E. who settled in Osnabruck [South Stormont], Dundas and Glengarry, Ontario c. 1786 [7]
  • Mr. John Winters U.E. from New York, USA who settled in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia c. 1790 [7]
  • Mr. Jacob Winters U.E. (b. 1766) born in Hoosick, County of Albany, USA who settled in Osnabruck [South Stormont], Dundas and Glengarry, Ontario c. 1796 he served in Butlers Rangers and the Kings Royal Regiment of New York, married having 5 children [7]
Winters Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Winters, who arrived in Canada in 1834
  • Adam Winters, who arrived in Canada in 1841

Australia Winters migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Winters Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Winters, English convict from Cambridge, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [8]
  • Joseph Winters, English convict from Hertford, Hertfordshire, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [9]

New Zealand Winters 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:

Winters Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Solomon Winters, aged 23, a farm labourer, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
  • Amelia Winters, aged 22, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Winters (post 1700) +

  • Jonathan Winters (1925-2013), American Primetime Emmy Award winning, Golden Globe nominated comedian, best known for The Jonathan Winters Show (1967) and his role in It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)
  • Jackie Winters (1937-2019), American Republican politician, Minority Leader of the Oregon Senate (2017-2019)
  • David Winters (1939-2019), English-born, American actor, dancer, choreographer, producer, film distributor, director and screenwriter who had two Emmy Award nominations, a Peabody Award, a Christopher Award
  • Brendan Winters (b. 1983), American former basketball player
  • Dean Winters (b. 1964), American television actor, best known for his role as Ryan O'Reily on the HBO prison drama Oz
  • Frederick Winters, American Olympic sliver medalist for weightlifting at the 1904 Summer Games
  • Yvor Winters (1900-1968), American literary critic and poet
  • Brian Winters (b. 1952), former player and head coach in the NBA
  • Major Richard D Winters (1918-2011), United States Army officer, who commanded Company "E" of the 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division during the Second World War. Winters was portrayed in the 2001 HBO miniseries Band of Brothers by British actor Damian Lewis [10]
  • Frank Winters (b. 1964), American former NFL center football player
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. ^ Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print.
  5. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. 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)
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  10. ^ Richard Winters. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Richard Winters. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Winters


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