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Winstead Name Meaning

English: habitational name, perhaps from Wanstead in Greater London (formerly Esses), recorded in Domesday Book as Wenesteda ‘site (Old English stede) by a mound (Old English wænn) or where wagons (Old English w?n) are kept’, but more likely from Winestead in East Yorkshire, named from Old English wif ‘wife’ or a female personal name Wifa + stede ‘homestead’.

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


Similar surnames: Anstead, Halstead, Winston, Grinstead, Milstead, Umstead, Bumstead

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Where is the Winstead family from?

You can see how Winstead families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Winstead family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Winstead families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 20 Winstead families living in Tennessee. This was about 32% of all the recorded Winstead's in the USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Winstead families in 1840.
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What did your Winstead ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Winstead. 28% of Winstead men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Winstead women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Winstead were Salesman and Teacher.

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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
    28%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Farming
    7%
  • Salesman
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Housework
    5%
  • Teacher
    5%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 717 immigration records available for the last name Winstead. 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 Cards

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Winstead. For the veterans among your Winstead ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Winstead lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Winstead life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Winstead in 1940 was 29, and 71 in 2004.

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