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Gender: Male Meaning of Winston: "wine's town" Origin of Winston: English Winston's Popularity in 2017: #405

The name Winston is a boy's name of English origin meaning "wine's town". Winston is ranked #405 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Unique Middle Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Family Heritage Generation Dice CAF - Round 5 of 12".

From the experts:

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.

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.

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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 Venable, American CFL player; son of baseball player Max Venable
Winston James Fox (b. 2008), son of actors Laurence Fox and Billie Piper
Winston Elba (b. 2014), son of actors Idris Elba & Naiyana Garth
Winston Marc Butler (b. 2014), son of YouTubers CaseyLavere & HeyKayli
John Winston Lennon, English musician of The Beatles

Pop Culture References for the name Winston

Dallas "Dally" Winston, fictional character in the novel "The Outisders" written by S. E. Hinton and was portrayed by Matt Dillon in the movie adaptation of the same name
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 "Widget" Murray, character in Erin Morgenstern's "The Night Circus"
Winston, character in Disney's "Oliver & Company"
Winston, character in webcomic "Unfamiliar"
Winston, brand of cigarette
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
Winston, playable tank character in Blizzard's "Overwatch"

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