What does Winston mean?
Winston \wi-ns-ton, win-ston\ as a boys' name is pronounced WIN-stun. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Winston is "joyful stone". From Wynnstan. In the Middle Ages Wynnstan changed in use from a personal name to a place name. Former British prime minister, Sir Winston Churchill, got his name from his family's connections to the region, and he has since given the name modern connotations of courage and eloquence. Also the name of a popular brand of cigarettes.
For more information, see also the related boy name Winton.
Winston is a very popular first name for men (#481 out of 1220, Top 39%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#1605 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Winston for boys. Winston reached its apex position of #372 in the U.S. during the years 1940-1949, and is at #538 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of Winston and corresponding names. Winton is the only other prominent related form of Winston (#538 in 2014) rated in the Top 1000. These boy names were at the height of their popularity during 1940-1949 (usage of 0.314%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.231%, down 26.4%). Winston (#538) is the most contemporarily stylish name for newborns in this compilation. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A suggested similar baby name is Winsted. This name tends to be less frequently used than Winston.