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Winch Name Meaning

in examples such as William de la Winche (Worcestershire 1275) evidently a topographic name, perhaps for someone who lived at a spot where boats were hauled up onto the land by means of pulleys, from Middle English winche ‘reel’, ‘roller’. However, Old English wince as an element of place names may also have meant ‘corner’ or ‘nook’, and in some cases the surname may be derived from this sense. in examples such as William le Wynch (Sussex 1327) it appears to be a nickname, perhaps from the lapwing, Old English (hleap)wince.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Finch, Pinch, Lynch, Wisch, Clinch, Fitch, Hinch, Pich, Wiech, Wint

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Where is the Winch family from?

You can see how Winch families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Winch family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Winch families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 18 Winch families living in Massachusetts. This was about 38% of all the recorded Winch's in the USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Winch families in 1840.
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What did your Winch ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Winch. 22% of Winch men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Winch women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Winch were Carpenter and Clerk.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Maid
  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
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Passenger Lists

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There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Winch. For the veterans among your Winch ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Winch lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Winch life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Winch in 1944 was 36, and 88 in 2004.

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