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Where did the English Winthrop family come from? What is the English Winthrop family crest and coat of arms? When did the Winthrop family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Winthrop family history?

The ancestors of the Winthrop surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived at Winthrop in the county of Lincolnshire. That place-name is derived from the Old English personal name Winn, meaning friend and porp, meaning settlement, and indicates that it was once owned by someone name Winn.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Winthrop include Winthorpe, Wynethorpe, Wynthorpe, Winethorpe, Wynethrop, Winthrop, Winthropp, Winethrop, Winthorp, Winthropp, Wynthropp, Wynethropp, Wynthrop, Winthrip, Winthrup, Withrupp, Withripp, Winthroppe, Wynthroppe and many more.

First found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor, some say at the time of the Norman Conquest of England in the year 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Winthrop research. Another 237 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1825, 1630, 1587, 1649, 1606, 1676, 1641 and 1717 are included under the topic Early Winthrop History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 87 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Winthrop Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Winthrop family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 69 words(5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Winthrop Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Arthur Winthrop, who arrived in New England in 1630
  • Henry Winthrop, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630
  • John Winthrop, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Ann and Adam Winthrop settled in Nantaskett, Massachusetts in 1631
  • Robert, Deane, John and Elizabeth Winthrop who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635 and they were related to the Governor or one of his brothers


Winthrop Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Balthazar Winthrop arrived in New York in 1755
  • Balthazar Winthrop, who landed in New York in 1755

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  • Robert Charles Winthrop (1809-1894), American statesman, eponym of Winthrop University
  • John Winthrop (1606-1676), American colonist
  • John Winthrop (1639-1707), American soldier and colonial administrator
  • John Winthrop (1714-1779), American physicist
  • Theodore Winthrop (1828-1961), American novelist and soldier
  • John Winthrop (1588-1649), English colonist
  • John Winthrop (1587-1649), founding governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • Beekman Winthrop, New York lawyer and Governor of Puerto Rico from 1904 to 1907


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Hope wins a throne
Motto Translation: An anagram of John Winthrop.

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