Last name: Winder

This interesting name has two possible origins. The first and most likely being an occupational name for a winder of wool, deriving from the Old English pre 7th Century "windan" - "to wind". The verb "winden" was used in the Middle Ages with reference to various weaving and plaiting processes, so in some cases the name may have been given to a maker of baskets etc.. The surname from this source is first recorded in the latter half of the 13th Century, (see below). A second distinct possibility is that the name is locational from a place called Winder in Cumbria, Westmoreland and Lancashire, so named from the Old English pre 7th Century "vindr", wind plus "erg", a hut. Hence, "Shelter against the wind". One, Thomas Winder is recorded in the Lancashire Wills records, dated 1616. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard le Winder, which was dated 1275, The Hundred Rolls of Lincolnshire, during the reign of King Edward 1, "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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William Carlisle Winder
I Agree with Joseph Winder, although i think it was spelled Vinandr. This is why Winder in the lake district is pronounce with a short "i" and in Yorkshire and thereabouts it us usually pronounced with a long "i", probably because the descend from people who were in the wool winding business. I am second generation American and i have not been able to go back in ancestry past my my Great grandfather Joseph. i have been to the district and love it. We stayed in Lorton.

Charles David Winder
yay i finally found some more winders

perlease the cumbrian branch of the Winder family derived from a Norse chieftain called vinandr ,who settled in Cumbria circa 980 ad The original name of Windermere was vinandrmere named after the cheiftain and his family.There are at least 40 places in Cumbria where the family name appears ,only when the normans finally apeared was vinandr written as Winder

John D. Mellor birth name - William Patrick Winder
Searching for birth family. Adopted at 18 months in Philadelphia, Pa.1941.

Damian Winder
I am from New Zealand but my Winder ancestors came from Sussex, I have read from someone else researching the Winder surname that the Sussex name doesn't originate from an occupation like is commonly claimed, according to the researcher surnames from that part of England were based on a landmark or feature near where they lived. He said Winder was originally Wynd or Wynde, can't remember which, and like other names common to that area had the -er added later, eg. Greene became Greener, Bridge became Bridger etc.

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