Winter Family History

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Winter Name Meaning

English, German, Danish, and Swedish: nickname or byname for someone of a frosty or gloomy temperament, from Middle English, Middle High German, Danish, Swedish winter (Old English winter, Old High German wintar, Old Norse vetr). The Swedish name can be ornamental. Jewish (Ashkenazic): from German Winter ‘winter’, either an ornamental name or one of the group of names denoting the seasons, which were distributed at random by government officials. Compare Summer, Fruhling, and Herbst. Irish: Anglicized form ( part translation) of Gaelic Mac Giolla-Gheimhridh ‘son of the lad of winter’, from geimhreadh ‘winter’. This name is also Anglicized McAlivery. Mistranslation of French Livernois, which is in fact a habitational name, but mistakenly construed as l’hiver ‘winter’.

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

Similar surnames: Winder, Winger, Winzer, Wicker, Pinter, Kinter, Winker, Minter

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Winter Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Winter name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Winter. 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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Winter Family Origin

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Winter Family Occupations

What did your Winter ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Winter occupation in the USA was Farmer. 30% of Winter's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Winter. A less common occupation for the Winter family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Winter Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 415,000 census records available for the last name Winter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Winter 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 63,000 immigration records available for the last name Winter. 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 76,000 military records available for the last name Winter. For the veterans among your Winter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Winter Life Expectancy

What is the average Winter lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Winter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Winter in 1942 was 64, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Winter 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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