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Early Origins of the Winwood family

The surname Winwood was first found in Berkshire where we find Sarra de Winiard in the Curia Regis Rolls of 1212. Later Juliana de la Wingarde was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1275 and William atte Wyneard was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Somerset in 1327. [1]

The name literally means "worker in the vineyard." [1] [2] [3] However, one should note the word "winnard" can also be derived from the Cornish "qwilkyn" meaning "redwing" as in the bird.

Another source notes confirms William atte Wyneard in Somerset, 1 Edward III (in the first year of the reign of Edward III.) [4]

Early History of the Winwood family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Winwood research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1563, 1577, 1581, 1587, 1596, 1602, 1603, 1607, 1614, 1615, 1617, 1641, 1660, 1665, 1678, 1679, 1681, 1688 and 1739 are included under the topic Early Winwood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Winwood Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wynyard, Wynard, Winnard, Winward, Winwood and others.

Early Notables of the Winwood family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • Sir Ralph Winwood (c. 1563-1617), an English diplomat and politician, English Ambassador in France, Secretary of State and Privy Councillor from 1614 until his death. He was born about 1563 at Aynhoe...
  • In February 1602-1603 he was nominated English agent to the States-General of Holland. He arrived at The Hague in July 1603, and, in accordance with old treaty arrangements with England, was at once s...
  • In July 1603 Winwood married Elizabeth, daughter and coheiress of Nicholas Ball of Totnes, and stepdaughter of Sir Thomas Bodley, who had married the lady's mother in 1587. By patents dated in 1615 an...

United States Winwood migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Winwood Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas, Winwood Jr., who arrived in Maryland in 1811 [5]

Australia Winwood migration to Australia +

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

Winwood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Winwood, British Convict who was convicted in Worcester, Worcestershire, England for life, transported aboard the "Elizabeth" on 11th August 1820, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. James Winwood, English convict who was convicted in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 27th August 1841, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [7]
  • Mr. George Winwood, English convict who was convicted in Shropshire, England for 15 years, transported aboard the "David Clarke" on 3rd June 1841, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [8]
  • Mary A. Winwood, aged 19, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Schah Jehan"

Contemporary Notables of the name Winwood (post 1700) +

  • Stephen Lawrence "Steve" Winwood (b. 1948), English rock musician, known for his solo work and work with The Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith and Go, recipient of the 2011 Ivor Novello Award
  • Richard Ivan "Dick" Winwood (b. 1943), American author, religious leader, and business executive with Franklin-Covey
  • Mervyn "Muff" Winwood (b. 1943), English songwriter and record producer, older brother of Steve Winwood
  • Estelle Winwood (1883-1984), née Goodwin, an English stage and film actress who moved to the United States in mid-career
  • William Winwood Reade (1838-1875), Scottish historian, explorer, and philosopher from Perthshire; he traveled to Africa with sponsorship from the Royal Geographical Society when he was 25

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  5. 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)
  6. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd March 2022). Retrieved from
  7. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from
  8. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd June 2021). Retrieved from on Facebook