Winston Family History

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Winston Name Meaning

English: from an Old English personal name composed of the elements wynn ‘joy’ + stan ‘stone’. English: habitational name from any of various places called Winston or Winstone, from various Old English personal names + Old English tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’, or, in the case of Winstone in Gloucestershire, Old English stan ‘stone’. Americanized form of Jewish Weinstein.

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

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

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Winston Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Winston name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Benin/Togo


  • European Jewish


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Winston Family Origin

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Winston Family Occupations

What did your Winston ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Winston occupation in the USA was Farmer. 33% of Winston's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Winston family was Keeping House. Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Winston.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Keeping House


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Winston Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 85,000 census records available for the last name Winston. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Winston 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Winston. 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 23,000 military records available for the last name Winston. For the veterans among your Winston ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Winston Life Expectancy

What is the average Winston lifespan?

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Winston 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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