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What does Winston mean?

Winston Pronunciation of Winston 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, stone (rock), british (england), modern, courage (brave), popular (famous)


VARIANTS Win, Winn, Winsten, Winstonn, Wynstan, Wynston




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How popular is Winston?

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)

Winston reached its apex position of #338 in the U.S. in the 1940s, and is at #402 currently. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Winston name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Winston outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Winton is the only other prominent related form of Winston (#402 IN RECENT RANKINGS) rated in the Top 2000. These forms of Winston were at the height of their popularity in 2018. Winston is a constant favorite.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Winston, Winton in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Winston and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Allston, Alston, Annson, Anson, Anton, Benton, Carston, Cheston, Cranston, Criston, Deston, Dunston, Dunton, Duston, Einion, Einon, Ellston, Fenton, Gaston, Gibson, Gilson, Hansson, Hilton, Houston, Huston, Janson, Jansson, Jenson, Jeston, Johnston, Jonson, Kenton, Kingston, Kynaston, Langston, Langton, Lindon, Linton, Litton, Monkton, Preston, Quinnton, Quinton, Ralston, Renton, Rishon, Riston, Ronson, Russton, Ruston, Swinton, Tilton, Vinson, Vinton, Walton, Watson, Welton, Westen, Weston, Wharton, Wheaton, Williston, Willson, Wilson, Wilton, Windom, Windsor, Winslow, Winsor, Winstead, Winsted, Winter, Winwood, Wriston and Wynton. These names tend to be less frequently used than Winston.

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