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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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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 the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 458 Winter families living in Ontario. This was about 52% of all the recorded Winter's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Winter families in 1911.
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What did your Winter ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Income were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Winter. 41% of Winter men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Winter women worked as an Income. Some less common occupations for Americans named Winter were Clerk and Operator.

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Income
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Operator
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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 Canada, 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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