Wynche is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Wynche family lived in Bedfordshire
, at Winch.
The name was originally derived from the Old English word winch,
meaning sharp bend in the river.
Early Origins of the Wynche family
The surname Wynche was first found in Bedfordshire
(Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England
, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon
kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat
as Lords of the manor of Haynes. Conjecturally they are descended from Hugh de Beauchamp who occupied those lands at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
a census initiated by William the Conqueror in 1086 after his Conquest of England
in the year 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Wynche family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wynche research.Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1660, 1654, 1667, 1555, 1625, 1608, 1611, 1616, 1622, 1703, 1660, 1661, 1679, 1679, 1681, 1685, 1689, 1679 and 1684 are included under the topic Early Wynche History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wynche Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Winche, Winch, Whinch, Whinche, Wince and others.
Early Notables of the Wynche family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Humphrey Winch (1555-1625), an English judge from Bedfordshire
, Lord Chief Justice of Ireland
(1608-1611) who had a distinguished career in Ireland
and England, but whose reputation was seriously damaged by the... Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wynche Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wynche family to Ireland
Some of the Wynche family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
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Migration of the Wynche family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Wynche or a variant listed above: Mary Winche who settled in New England
in 1634; Katherine Winch settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1768; F. Winch settled in San Francisco Cal. in 1852.