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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 Middle Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quintuplets Game - Two Sets".

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
Winston Roy Followill (b. 2019), son of Lily Aldridge and Caleb Followill

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"

Wynton, Winstonn, Wynstan, Wynston, Wynstonn, Winsten, Winton


CalliopeJane Says:


This name originates from the old English Wynnstan, meaning joy (wynn) and stone (stan). I don't know where the association of "Wine's Town" came from?

Miriam2468 Says:


I had a bulldog named Winston when I was younger, haha.

Smollie Says:


Never thought much of this until I met a little boy with this name. Now, I'm obsessed. Could Sonny work as a nickname though? I can't think of many nickname options other than Winnie, which I'm not a fan of.

MariposaButterflyaway Says:


It's a butler name. After a Disney binge watch (and having Oliver & Company as a massive part of my childhood) all I can think of is that. It just screams butler.

ladimon Says:


I feel like this would be cute for a girl, nn Winnie.

headintheclouds Says:


Winston sounds stoic, upright and slightly stodgy due to the Winston Churchill association, but I really like it when I imagine a giggly roly-poly baby Winston, an adorable toddler Winston, a mischievous little boy Winston, well-adjusted teenager Winston... I just think it would make a wonderful name for a son who would become successful, and the type who has a close bond with his mother. I also find the nickname Win very positive and appealing.

Impwood Says:


I can only think of Winston Churchill.

Sharon Says:


Sorry but when I hear Winston I think it is or was the name of a brand of cigarette.

clairels Says:


I hear this used for dogs fairly often. Especially bulldogs.

lesliemarion Says:


This is a great name, in my opinion. Hero aspect, plus dignity nameberry alludes to, plus Win is a cute nickname.