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Windle Name Meaning

English (Lancashire and Yorkshire): habitational name from Windhill in West Yorkshire or Windle in Lancashire, both named from Old English wind ‘wind’ + hyll ‘hill’, i.e. a mound exposed to fierce gusts. There is a Windhill in Kent (with the same etymology), but this does not appear to have contributed significantly to the modern surname.

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

Similar surnames: Wintle, Hindle, Windley, Winkley, Idle, Hindley, Grindle, Finkle

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Windle Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Windle name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Windle. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Windle Family Origin

Where is the Windle family from?

Windle Family Occupations

What did your Windle ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Windle occupation in the USA was Farmer. 46% of Windle's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Windle family was Farming. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Windle.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Windle ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Windle Historical Records

What Windle family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 53,000 census records available for the last name Windle. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Windle census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Windle. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Windle. For the veterans among your Windle ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Windle Life Expectancy

What is the average Windle lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Windle life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Windle in 1942 was 63, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Windle ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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