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Gender: M Meaning of Winston: "wine's town" Origin of Winston: English Winston's Popularity in 2012: #616

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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.

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 John Lennon's middle name. 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.

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Famous People Named Winston

Winston Churchill, English politician
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Pop Culture References for the Name Winston

Winston Bishop - character on the TV show New Girl.
Winston, one of the dogs on the television show Hannibal
Winston Payne, character from the Ace Attorney video game series
Winston Stone, from TV series "The Stones"

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