Last name: Winter

Recorded as Winter, Wynter, and the patronymics Winters and Winterson, this is a "European" surname. It was originally a nickname or byname for someone of a frosty or gloomy temperament, the derivation being from the pre 7th century Olde English, Middle High German, or Danish-Viking word "wintr", meaning winter. It may also be an Ashkenazic "ornamental" surname denoting the season, which were distributed by German government officials in the 18th century, to immigrants from other countries. Finally it may be of Irish origin deriving from the pre 10th century Gaelic Mac Giolla Gheimhridh, meaning the "son of the servant of Geimhreadh", itself a byname also meaning "Winter". The surname in England dates back to the late 12th Century, whilst early examples of church recordings taken from the diocese of Greater London include William Wynter, who was christened on November 14th 1571 at St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, John, the son of John and Elizabeth Winters, who was christened on January 1st 1633 at St. Mary's, Whitechapel, Stepney, and Georgii Winterson, a witness at St Martins in the Field, Westminster, on August 5th 1677. John Winters, aged 18 years, was an Irish famine emigrant sailed from Liverpool aboard the "Cambridge", bound for New York on January 4th 1847. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Winter, which was dated 1185, in the Knight Templars Roll for the county of Warwickshire, during the reign of King Henry 11nd of England, 1159 - 1189. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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What proof is there for the definition that the the surname of Winter is derived from 'someone of a gloomy visage!!! Other websites say it is derived from farmers who paid their dues in winter or folk born who came from cold climes or children born in that season. It is of Germanic origin . I wonder what German studies on the subject say??

Dylan winter
If anyone has information on the winter clan I would humbly ask if you could share with me. My grandfather I only met twice before he died never told me anything about the winter family in Boston Massachusetts except that we were part of the winterhill gang at one time.


Im winter ;-0

My friend, who surprisingly is named Evergreen Winter, has Ashkenazi Jewish heritage, but on his mother's side, Rickman. His father's side traced to the Scottish Orkney and Shetland Islands, and they are descended from Viking-Norse settlers from Denmark, using the Danish/Norwegian surname Vinter.

richard winter
im richard winter and my name comes from my grandad who was american but came to england after the war and a new family of winters was started

Anne Williams

Interesting to know where your American Winter ancestor came from!!

John Winter
My Dad is from Lancaster and has his roots are in and around Lancashire. I am was born on the Isle of Man but am now in Canada and will be starting a line of the family tree here !

John arthur gwillam-winter
Gwillam is my late mothers maiden name.We are related to Robert and thomas winter of the gun powder plot and lady hamilton ,mistress of lord nelson .The winter's of Preston lancashire are my roots

Tom Winter
John, my roots are also from Lancashire, I wonder if we are related on some level?

Anne Williams

Interesting to know how you are related to Thomas Winter of Huddington and the the Gun Powder Plot as he never married nor had children

Rob Winter
Myself and my family (Winter) go back many generations from Yorkshire, an historical county with strong Danish/Viking heritage - in fact York (Jorvik) was the centre of the Danish/Viking Kingdom in Britain.

Tracey Fisher
I have only been able to go so far back to the name Winter in England, my middle Winter has been passed down from the genteration. My grandmother could only remember so much...she said it has to do with the Winter Estate?

Mine are in New Zealand - we are searching for how we connect to the English / German Winters
Hello Jon... my name is Edward Winter. I'm Irish, born and bred and live in Co. Cork. My late dad's uncle, Nathaniel Alfred Winter emigrated to NZ around 1890-1900. I think he lived in Auckland and he married Eleanor Cowper. They had a son and daughter, Maurice and Eileen. Have any of these shown up in your research? I've not been able to get much information on them and would be grateful if you could shed any light. If you find that you have any Irish connection, I would be glad to be of assistance in tracing. Perhaps we have a connection ourselves..... would'nt that make our research so much easier! Either way, I wish you luck in your quest. Regards, Edward.