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Gender: M Meaning of Winston: "wine's town" Origin of Winston: English Winston's Popularity in 2015: #524

Long associated with the Churchill family and common in the West Indies, the distinguished Winston has tended to be neglected here. The exception was during the World War II period, when Winston Churchill was a towering figure and his name reached Number 234. It's now enjoying something of a renaissance, reaching Number 524 on the US Top 1000, a level of popularity not seen since the 1950s.

Winston Smith is the main character in George Orwell's 1984, is a presence in Pulp Fiction, is the name of a character in the best-selling book and film How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and was the middle name of both John Lennon and John Howard, long-serving Australian Prime Minister. Billie Piper and Laurence Fox named their son Winston in 2008.

With the current trend towards using hero names, we can see this upstanding Anglo-Saxon example making a return.

The nickname Winnie came into the public consciousness with the Winnie-the-Pooh books, but is now almost exclusively feminine--though you can shorten it further to the winning Win.

Minor irritant: Connection to the cigarette brand.

Famous People Named Winston

Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, British prime minister
Winston Frederick Justice, American football player
Winston Guy, American football player
Winston Raymond Peters, Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand
Winston Wiremu Reid, New Zealand footballer
Winston Aubrey Aladar Marshall, British musician of band Mumford & Sons
Winston Leonardo Abreu, Dominican baseball player
Winston Elba, son of Idris Elba & Naiyana Garth
Winston James, son of actor Laurence Fox and Billie Piper
Winston Marc Butler, son of YouTubers CaseyLavere & HeyKayli

Pop Culture References for the name Winston

Winston Smith, main character in George Orwell's "1984"
Winston Zeddemore, character in the Ghostbusters films
Winston Bishop, character on TV's "New Girl"
Winston, dog on TV's "Hannibal"
Winston Payne, character from the "Ace Attorney" video game series
Winston Stone, character on TV series "The Stones"
Winston, character in "The Maze Runner" trilogy
Winston Wolf, character in the movie "Pulp Fiction"
Winston Newquay, character on TV's "Wiseguy"
Winston, bulldog in "Oliver & Company."

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