Meaning and name origin
Winston \wi-ns-ton, win-ston\ as a boy's 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 males (#481 out of 1220, Top 39%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#1226 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Winston for boys (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Winston and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Winston (#538) and Winton. (2014 statistics).
A suggested similar baby name is Winsted. This name tends to be less commonly used than Winston.