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Winston Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English personal name Wynstan (Old English Wynstān from wynn ‘joy’ + stān ‘stone’). English: habitational name principally from Winson and Winstone (Gloucestershire) or Winston (Suffolk) occasionally perhaps from Winston (Durham) Winston in Brixton (Devon) or Winstone Farm near Wroxall (Isle of Wight). Winstone (Gloucestershire) derives from the Old English personal name Wynna + Old English stān ‘stone’. Winson (Gloucestershire) and the Suffolk Durham and Devon placenames derive from the Old English personal name Wine (genitive Wines) + Old English tūn ‘farmstead estate’. The Isle of Wight placename derives from the Old English personal name Wynsige + Old English tūn. Americanized form of Jewish Weinstein . Welsh (southern): adopted for Welsh Trewin ‘house or farm (tref) of Wyn’. According to Morgan and Morgan it is thought that Tre-wyn in Crucornau Fawr in Gwent (Monmouthshire) is the source of this Welsh surname. This name has been established in the county of Waterford Ireland since 157

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Winton, Whiston, Hinton, Linton, Wilton, Hingston, Liston, Kinson

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You can see how Winston families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Winston family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Winston families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 40 Winston families living in Virginia. This was about 25% of all the recorded Winston's in USA. Virginia had the highest population of Winston families in 1840.
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What did your Winston ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Winston. 23% of Winston men worked as a Laborer and 15% of Winston women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Winston were Janitor 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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Janitor

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Cook
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Winston life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Winston in 1940 was 8, and 74 in 2004.

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