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Early Origins of the Wynyard family

The surname Wynyard 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 Wynyard family

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Wynyard Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Wynyard family (pre 1700)

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 Northamptonshire, the son of Richard Winwood. His grandfather, Lewis Winwood, was at one time secretary to Charles Brandon, duke of Suffolk. His father was described in the university registers as 'plebeius.' He owned no land, and possibly was a tenant on the Aynhoe estate which belonged to Magdalen College, Oxford. On his death, before 1581, his widow Joan married John Weekes of...
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Australia Wynyard migration to Australia +

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

Wynyard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Wynyard, Welsh convict from Monmouth, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]

New Zealand Wynyard 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:

Wynyard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • George Henry Wynyard, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Gladwin John Rich Wynyard, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Robert Henry Wynyard, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Thomas Hy Wynyard, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840

Contemporary Notables of the name Wynyard (post 1700) +

  • Robert Henry Wynyard (1802-1864), English-born, New Zealand colonial administrator, Lieutenant Governor of New Ulster Province, Administrator of the Government, and was the first Superintendent of Auckland Province
  • Diana Wynyard (1906-1964), English Academy Award nominated actress from London who made 29 appearances from 1933 to 1964
  • Tai Hikuroa Wynyard, New Zealand college basketball player for the Santa Clara Broncos, son of Jason Wynyard
  • Jason Wynyard MNZM, New Zealand champion woodchopper who has won over a hundred world titles in the sport
  • General Edward Buckley Wynyard CB (1788-1864), British Army officer, Colonel of the 58th (Rutlandshire) Regiment of Foot (1851–1864)
  • Robert Henry Wynyard (1802-1864), British major-general, the younger son of Lieutenant-general William Wynyard (1759–1819), colonel of the 5th regiment, equerry to George III, and deputy adjutant-general

  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. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from on Facebook