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Origin and Meaning of Winter

User Submitted Origins

African American

User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to 3 people from all over the world, the name Winter is of English / African origin and means "Gift of god".
  2. According to a user from Virginia, U.S., the name Winter is of English origin and means "A sweet gift of god that is quiet,beautiful,nice,friendly and adorable".
  3. A user from Florida, U.S. says the name Winter means "a season, but during winter, the temperature drops so it may mean a cold person, but in some states or countries, there's something called snow which is pure white, so it can also mean pure".
  4. According to a user from Alabama, U.S., the name Winter is of African American origin and means "Snow, freezing, water, ice, coldness".
  5. A user from Canada says the name Winter is of Ganda origin and means "It's a season name".
  6. A user from Georgia, U.S. says the name Winter means "Winter is a boy character from Wings of Fire".
  7. A user from Illinois, U.S. says the name Winter means "bubbly".
  8. A user from Canada says the name Winter means "Born in winter".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Win"ter
  1. The season of the year in which the sun shines most obliquely upon any region; the coldest season of the year."Of thirty winterhe was old." [Chaucer.]"And after summer evermore succeeds Barren winter, with his wrathful nipping cold." [Shak.]" Winter lingering chills the lap of May." [Goldsmith.]
  2. The period of decay, old age, death, or the like."Life's autumn past, I stand on winter's verge." [Wordsworth.]

Note: ☞ North of the equator, winter is popularly taken to include the months of December, January, and February (see Season). Astronomically, it may be considered to begin with the winter solstice, about December 21st, and to end with the vernal equinox, about March 21st.

Etymology: AS. winter; akin to OFries. & D. winter, OS. & OHG. wintar, G. winter, D. & Sw. vinter, Icel. vetr, Goth. wintrus; of uncertain origin; cf. Old Gallic vindo- white (in comp.), OIr. find white. ����

verb Win"ter
To pass the winter; to hibernate; as, to winter in Florida.
verb Win"ter
To keep, feed or manage, during the winter; as, to winter young cattle on straw.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The coldest season of the year; in the northern hemisphere it extends from the winter solstice to the vernal equinox
  2. Spend the winter ("We wintered on the Riviera" and "Shackleton's men overwintered on Elephant Island")
  1. A surname​.
  2. A female given name
  3. An unincorporated community in Senlac Rural Municipality No. 411, Saskatchewan, Canada.
  4. An unincorporated community in Putnam County, West Virginia, United States.
  5. A small town and village in Sawyer County, Wisconsin.

Winter was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, German, Hunsrik, and Tagalog

Notable Persons Named Winter

Notable Persons Named Winter

Winter Ave Zoli

Winter Ave Zoli is an actress. She has been prominent since 1993. Winter was born on March 30th, 1980 in New Hope, Pennsylvania, U.S.


Winter is a comics character.

Winter Lee Vinecki

Winter was born on December 18th, 1998.

Winter Mumba

He died on April 27th, 1993.

Winter Miller

She was most active from 20 to 20. Winter was born in 1973.

Winter Winter

Winter was born in 1941.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Winter

Notable Persons With the Last Name Winter

Ariel Winter

Ariel Winter is an actress, singer, and voice actress. She has had major accomplishments since 2004. Ariel was given the name Ariel Winter Workman on January 28th, 1998 in Los Angeles.

Johnny Winter

Johnny Winter was an electric blues, blues rock, rock, roll, and texas blues musician. He plays Vocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, and Gibson Firebird. His most notable accomplishments were from 1959 to 2014. Johnny was given the name John Dawson Winter III on February 23rd, 1944 in Beaumont, Texas, US. He breathed his last breath on July 16th, 2014.

Edgar Winter

Edgar Winter is a rock, pop, jazz fusion, blues rock, blue-eyed soul, and boogie rock musician. He plays Vocals, piano, keyboards, saxophone, marimba, timbales, clavinet, synthesizer, and guitar. He was most prominent from 1969 to present. Edgar was given the name Edgar Holland Winter on December 28th, 1946 in Beaumont, Texas.

Edward Winter

Edward Winter was an actor, director, writer, and narrator. He was most active from 1968 to 2000. Edward was given the name Edward Dean Winter on June 3rd, 1937 in Ventura, California, US. Edward is also known as Ed Winter. He died on March 8th, 2001.

Alex Winter

Alex Winter is an actor, film director, and screenwriter. He was most active from 1978 to present. Alex was born on July 17th, 1965 in London.

Eric Winter

Eric Winter is an actor, model, and producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1999 to present. Eric was given the name Eric Barrett Winter on July 17th, 1976 in La Mirada, California, U.S.

  • Milady de Winter
  • Terence Winter
  • Aron Winter
    Soccer Player
  • Tex Winter
    College Coach
  • Timothy Winter
    Islamic Scholar
  • Pedro Winter
    Disc Jockey
  • Ophélie Winter
  • Adrian Winter
    Soccer Player
  • Paul Winter
  • William Winter
    25th Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi
  • Harald Winter
  • Donald C. Winter
    Office Holder
  • Leon de Winter
  • Ernst Florian Winter

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Winter U.S.
  White 93.02% 64.26%
  African American 1.95% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.63% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.43% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.29% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.68% 16.26%

Of Last Name Winter

People with the last name Winter are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Winter

  • What name lists does Winter rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Winter? Winter is the 2,449th most popular name of all time. As a last name Winter was the 1,119th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Winter have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 10,795 babies born with the first name Winter in the United States. That's more than enough people named Winter to occupy the country of Tuvalu with an estimated population of 10,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Winter? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1954 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Winter first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Winter is Saturday, November 14th, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Winter born? The highest recorded use of the first name Winter was in 2019 with a total of 977 babies.
  • Random Winter Factoid: According to the 2019 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Winter ranks 122nd in popularity as a baby girl's name in Alaska. Imagine that, 7 babies in Alaska have the same name in 2019.
  • Weird things about the name Winter: The name spelled backwards is Retniw. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Wrtnei. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Winter? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 31,310 people with the last name Winter.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Winter? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 11 of them will have Winter as their last name.
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