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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Charles David Winder
yay i finally found some more winders

Tim Joseph Winder

Hello greetings my Winder friends

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.

Shane Vancouver Winder
How do you know this? I believe you to be accurate. I am a Winder in Alaska, USA. I know my family comes from northwest England. In the regions around Windermere. There are still many there.

NO The name WINDER derives from a Norwegian family called Vinnandr they came from norway with Ingermund first to Dublin then to Cumbria in ad986.They didn`t read or write hence when the normans finally arrived the different spelling.Historical researh will show lake windermere was originally vinnandermere and the family name is prevelant all over cumberland and westmorland.Because the family were predominately sheep farmers and kept to the mountains there are still many ,like myself,still living here over a thousand years later.