Explore the Family Name Winsor

The meaning of Winsor

1. English: variant of Windsor. This is the spelling used for places so named in Devon and Hampshire. 2. Perhaps also an Americanized form of German Winzer.

Dictionary of American Family Names, 2nd edition, © Oxford University Press, 2022.

How common is the last name Winsor in the United States?

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the popularity of the surname Winsor has seen a slight decline between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, Winsor ranked 10,724 in popularity with a count of 2,732 occurrences, which roughly equates to 1.01 persons per 100,000 bearing this surname. By 2010, although the count had increased marginally to 2,771 (a 1.43% increase), the rank dropped to 11,380 indicating that it became less common relative to other surnames. This drop is represented by a -6.12% change in rank and a -6.93% change in proportion.

Proportion per 100k1.010.94-6.93%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Winsor

Turning to ethnicity, the Decennial U.S. Census data illustrates some changes in the ethnic identity associated with the surname Winsor from 2000 to 2010. The majority of people with this surname identified as White, with a small increase from 94.77% in 2000 to 95.09% in 2010. There was also growth in the Hispanic category, increasing by 40.62%. However, there were declines in the percentages of those who identify as Black, Asian/Pacific Islander, Two or more races, and American Indian and Alaskan Native. The biggest decrease was noted in the Black category, which shrunk by 45.32%.

Two or More Races1.1%1.05%-4.55%
American Indian and Alaskan Native1.02%0.83%-18.63%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.44%0.47%6.82%

Winsor ancestry composition

23andMe computes an ancestry breakdown for each customer. People may have ancestry from just one population or they may have ancestry from several populations. The most commonly-observed ancestry found in people with the surname Winsor is British & Irish, which comprises 57.0% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (25.0%) and Eastern European (5.3%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Ashkenazi Jewish, Spanish & Portuguese, Greek & Balkan, and Vietnamese.

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British & Irish57.0%
French & German25.0%
Eastern European5.3%

Possible origins of the surname Winsor

Your DNA provides clues about where your recent ancestors may have lived. Having many distant relatives in the same location suggests that you may all share common ancestry there. Locations with many distant relatives can also be places where people have migrated recently, such as large cities. If a large number of individuals who share your surname have distant relatives in a specific area, it could indicate a connection between your surname and that location, stemming from either recent ancestral ties or migration.

Based on 23andMe data, people with last name Winsor have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Lancashire, United Kingdom94.00%
South Yorkshire, United Kingdom94.00%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom94.00%
Greater London, United Kingdom94.00%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom94.00%

What Winsor haplogroups can tell you

Haplogroups are genetic population groups that share a common ancestor on either your paternal or maternal line. These paternal and maternal haplogroups shed light on your genetic ancestry and help tell the story of your family.

The top paternal haplogroup of people with the surname Winsor is O-F2415, which is predominantly found among people with East Asian & Indigenous American ancestry. Haplogroup O-F2415 is descended from haplogroup O-M1359. Other common haplogroups include E-M183 and O-F2859, which are predominantly found among people with European and East Asian & Indigenous American ancestry.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Winsor surname are: H1, H, T2b. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

winsorPaternal Haplogroup Origins O-M1359
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Your paternal lineage may be linked to the Cham

One of the many populations harboring members of haplogroup O1b1a1a1a1 is the Cham ethnic group, a group of people who speak Austronesian languages in Mainland Southeast Asia. Austronesian languages make up a language family that is extremely large and widespread, comprising over 350 million people on islands such as Madagascar, Easter Island, and many others. However, Austronesian languages are less common on mainland Asia, with a notable exception being the Chamic language. Research suggests that ancestors of the Cham people migrated from Southeast Asian islands to the mainland around the year 500 BCE, and that early Cham populations quickly began mixing with indigenous southern Vietnamese populations. As a result, the Chamic language now has words that were borrowed from languages spoken by indigenous Vietnamese people. It is likely that an ancestral Kinh population was one of the populations that mixed with the Cham people shortly after their migration to mainland Asia.

Your maternal lineage may be linked to Marie Antoinette

Because it is so dominant in the general European population, haplogroup H also appears quite frequently in the continent's royal houses. Marie Antoinette, an Austrian Hapsburg who married into the French royal family, inherited the haplogroup from her maternal ancestors. So did Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose recorded genealogy traces his female line to Bavaria. Scientists also discovered that famed 16th century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus traced his maternal lineages to haplogroup H.

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What do people with the surname Winsor have in common?

Spoiler alert: it's complicated. People with the same last name are usually no more genetically similar than a randomly sampled group of people from the same population. That said, people with the same surname are more likely to have similar ancestries than randomly sampled individuals. The reason is the tendency of people with similar cultural or geographical backgrounds to preferentially mate with one another. That's why people who share a surname may be more likely to share traits and tendencies in common than people within the general population. Check out the percentages below to see the prevalences of tastes, habits, and traits of people with your surname compared with prevalences among 23andMe users.



Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Winsor" Surname 21.7%

23andMe Users 41.3%



Cheek Dimples

Small indentations that appear on the cheeks when a person smiles.

"Winsor" Surname 53.8%

23andMe Users 37.6%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Winsor" Surname 26.8%

23andMe Users 21.1%




A severe headache characterized by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

"Winsor" Surname 24.0%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Winsor?

The short answer is that, if there is an association between surname and health, it's usually more about your ancestry than your name. Individuals with a given surname are no more genetically similar than the general population but often have similar ancestries. The populations of people associated with those shared ancestries often have sets of genetic variations, also known as alleles, in common. Some of those alleles are associated with a greater likelihood of developing certain diseases.

Disease variant frequency by ancestry

Disease allele frequencies in populations associated with the surname Winsor are shown below. Important Note: not everyone with a disease allele will develop these health condition

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Y402H variant

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss among older adults. The disease results in damage to the central part of the retina (the macula), impairing vision needed for reading, driving, or even recognizing faces. The 23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA test includes the two most common variants associated with an increased risk of developing the condition: the Y402H variant in the CFH gene and the A69S variant in the ARMS2 gene. Learn more about Age-Related Macular Degeneration

British & Irish 62.1%

23andMe Users 57.2%