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Winston is a distinguished and powerful name. It is much more common in the West Indie Islands and throughout Europe than it is in America. The first person you likely think of with the name is world leader Winston Churchill, meaning the boy's name may make a return with the vintage feel.

Meaning of the Name Winston

The baby name Winston was a surname for families in England during the Medieval times. It originally turned into a first name with a spelling of Wynnstan. In the nineteenth century, however, especially with the popularity of Winston Churchill, the name became popular with its new spelling option.

The baby name Winston comes from the name Wynnstan. Each mean “wine's town” or “from Wina's town” as they began as surnames in England. The families with this last name option were from towns that translated to these two meanings.

Baby name Winston

Nicknames for Winston

Winston feels dignified and strong. It is a name that is formal and that feels heroic. There's a variety of fun options when you're considering a nickname for the Winston in your life. We've compiled a list of fun options for you to choose from, but feel free to come up with your own unique nickname!

  • Wynn 
  • Winny
  • Winnie
  • Winn
  • Sonnie
  • Sonny
  • Witley
  • Witly

Winston Name Details

Style: Traditional

Gender: Winston is traditionally considered to be a boys name.

Pronunciation: WIN-sten

Syllables: Two

Alternative Spelling for Winston

  • Winsten
  • Winstin
  • Winstyn
  • Winnstenn
  • Winnstonn
  • Winnstynn

Winston Name Popularity

Winston has always been a popular baby name for boys. From 1941 to 1943, it reached its peak with a place on the top 300 list of the Social Security Index. The name did decline throughout the late twentieth century, however, but it came back to the top 500 list in 2016. As of 2020, Winston is rank 408.

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Great Middle Names for Winston and Their Meanings

  • Cole (swarthy, charcoal)
  • Drew (wise)
  • Frances (free one, from France)
  • Henry (house ruler)
  • Benedict (blessed)
  • Forester (woodsman, woods)
  • Albus (white, foreign)
  • Hugh (soul, mind, intellect)
  • Joel (the Lord is God)

Famous People Named Winston

  • Winston(prime minister of the United Kingdom during World War 2)
  • Winston Justice (NFL player)
  • Winston Guy (NFL player)
  • Winston Marshall (musician from Mumford and Sons band)
  • Winston Reid (soccer player from New Zealand)
  • Winston Smith (character from “1984”)
  • Winston Zeddemore (character from “Ghostbusters”)
  • Winston Bishop (character from “New Girl”)
  • Winston (character from “Hannibal”)
  • Winston Payne (character from “Ace Attorney” video games)
  • Winston Wolf (character from “Pulp Fiction”)
  • Winston (character from “The Maze Runner”)
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