Last name origins & meanings:
- English: in examples such as William de la Winche
(Worcestershire 1275) evidently a topographic name, perhaps for
someone who lived at a spot where boats were hauled up onto the land
by means of pulleys, from Middle English winche ‘reel’,
‘roller’. However, Old English wince as an element of place
names may also have meant ‘corner’ or ‘nook’, and in some cases the
surname may be derived from this sense.
- English: in examples such as
William le Wynch (Sussex 1327) it appears to be a nickname, perhaps
from the lapwing, Old English (hlēap)wince.
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