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Winch Surname Meaning

English: from Middle English winche ‘winch pulley’ (Old English wince) later meaning ‘well’ presumably because a winch would have been used to extract water from a well. The surname is probably a topographic name for someone who lived by a well. Compare Wink . This may also be a topographic name denoting someone who lived by a sharp bend in a river or valley from a transferred sense of winche ‘winch pulley’. This term and sense appears to be behind some placenames such as Wincham (Kent) and Winchbottom (Buckinghamshire). English: habitational name from East and West Winch (Norfolk). The placenames probably derive from Old English winn ‘pasture meadow’ + wīc ‘dwelling specialized farmstead’. English: perhaps also a nickname from a further transferred use of the Middle English word in sense 1 above for a lapwing (compare Middle English lapwink ‘lapwing’ Old English hlēapewince) or other bird known for its leaping and twisting flight. Perhaps also an Americanized form of German Wintsch or its variant Wüntsch (see Wuensch ).

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

Similar surnames: Finch, Pinch, Lynch, Wisch, Clinch, Fitch, Hinch, Pich, Wiech, Wint

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Where is the Winch family from?

You can see how Winch families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Winch family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Winch families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 396 Winch families living in London. This was about 29% of all the recorded Winch's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Winch families in 1891.
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What did your Winch ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Winch. 12% of Winch men worked as a General Labourer and 72% of Winch women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Winch were Bricklayer and Incapacitated. .

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Bricklayer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Incapacitated
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What is the average Winch lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Winch life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Winch in 1944 was 36, and 88 in 2004.

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