Meaning and Origin of: Winchell

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old English : From the friend's hill

Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : from Old English wencel ‘child’, perhaps used to distinguish a son from his father with the same forename or perhaps a nickname for a person with a baby face or childlike manner.
  • Scottish : habitational name for someone from the lands of Windshiel (formerly Winscheill) in Berwickshire.
  • Robert Winchell came from England to Windsor, CT, in 1635. In the case of the broadcaster Walter Winchell (1897–1972) the surname is an Anglicized form of Jewish <xref>Winschel</xref>.