Wynyat History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Wynyat family

The surname Wynyat was first found in Durham where they held a family seat at Wingate (now Wingate-Grange), in the parish of Kelloe. [1] [2]

Wingate dates back to c. 1070-1080 when it was first listed as Windegatum and literally meant "wind-swept gap(s) or pass(es)" from the Old English words "wind-geat." The township of Windgates is in Northumberland and it dates back to 1208 when it was first listed as Wyndegates. [3]

Early History of the Wynyat family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wynyat research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1251, 1518, 1592, 1596, 1656, 1620, 1606, 1685, 1640 and 1648 are included under the topic Early Wynyat History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wynyat Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wingate, Windgate, Wyngate, Wingett, Wingit and others.

Early Notables of the Wynyat family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Ninian Winzet, Winyet or Wingate (1518-1592), Scottish controversialist, born in Renfrew. "Families of the same name held property and rented lands in Glasgow and the vicinity. " [4] Edmund Wingate (1596-1656), was an English mathematical and legal writer, one of the first to publish in the 1620s on the principle of the...
Another 61 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wynyat Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Wynyat family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Wingate, who settled in Virginia in 1654; Moses Wingate settled in Boston in 1765; John Wingatt settled in Virginia in 1648; John Wingart settled in New England with his wife and five sons..



The Wynyat Motto +

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: Suum cuique
Motto Translation: To every man his own.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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