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Winter Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English (Old English) personal name Winter (Old English Wintra) originally a nickname from the word for ‘winter’ and perhaps still a nickname (see 2 below) in the period of surname formation. English: occasionally perhaps an occupational name from Middle English winter a variant of Middle English Anglo-Norman French viniter vinter ‘wine merchant’. 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. German Dutch Danish and Swedish: from Middle High German Middle Dutch Danish Swedish winter ‘winter’ (Old High German wintar Old Norse vetr) a nickname for someone of a frosty or gloomy temperament or for someone associated with the season of winter in some other way e.g. because he was born or found (as a foundling) in this part of the year. The Swedish surname can be ornamental. Compare De Winter . Jewish (Ashkenazic): from German Winter ‘winter’ either an ornamental name or one of the group of names referring to the seasons that were distributed at random by government officials when surnames became compulsory. Compare Sommer Fruhling and Herbst .

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


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

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Where is the Winter family from?

You can see how Winter families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Winter family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Winter families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 60 Winter families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 20% of all the recorded Winter's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Winter families in 1840.
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What did your Winter ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Winter. 14% of Winter men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Winter women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Winter were Clerk and Clerk. .

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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
    14%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    7%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Clerk
    7%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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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