[ 2 syll. wi-(n)(s)ton, win-st-on ] The baby boy name Winston is pronounced as WIHNSTahN †. Winston's language of origin is Old English and it is predominantly used in English. It is derived from wine which means 'friend' ; tun 'town, settlement, homestead' ; stan 'stone'. The name is from the surname, which is itself from a place name of the village of Winston in Gloucestershire, England; the place name could be of the first element wine or 'wynn' and the second element 'tun ' or stan, variously taken to mean 'friend's settlement' or 'friend's stone boundary'. As a surname, it was borne by Sarah Winston (1660-1744), who married into the Churchill family and was later known as Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough. Her son was christened Winston (1620-1688) in tribute to her; a later descendant was the well-known Sir Winston Spencer Churchill (1874-1965), the UK Prime Minister who served as a wartime leader.
Winston has 15 variations. Variations of Winston include Winn, Winstan, Winsten, Winstin, Winstone, Winstonn, Winton, Wyn, Wynnstan, Wynstan, Wynsten, Wynston, and Wynton. Other English variants include the contracted form Win, and the diminutive Winnie.
Winston is an all-time favorite. Today it is still a rather popular baby boy name, but not to the degree it was in the past. The name's popularity increased from the 1900s up to the 1940s; before that, it was of only modest use. Its usage peaked in 1941 with 0.043% of baby boys being named Winston. It had a ranking of #234 then. The baby name has experienced a decline in popularity since then. In 2012, it ranked at #616 with a usage of 0.020%, but it was nevertheless the most frequently used among all boy names in its family.
Baby names that sound like Winston include Winstone, Wynstan, Wynston, Winstin, Winstonn, and Wynsten.
† Pronunciation for Winston: W as in "we (W.IY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)"
Details of famous persons named Winston:
Politician Winston Churchill, born 30 November 1874 - 24 January 1965, Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, England.
Singer Winston Foster, born 1956, Kingston, Jamaica.