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Meaning and Origin of: Winslow

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old English : From the friend's hill

Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : habitational name from Winslow, a place in Buckinghamshire named from the genitive case of the Old English personal name or byname Wine (meaning ‘friend’) + Old English hlāw ‘hill’, ‘mound’, ‘barrow’.
  • Edward Winslow (1595–1655), one of the founders of the Plymouth Colony who sailed on the Mayflower in 1620, was born in Droitwich, Worcestershire, England. He was a governor of the colony and also served as agent of the Massachusetts Bay Company in France. In 1621 he married Susanna, the widow of William White, the first marriage in New England. Their son Josiah (c.1629–80) was governor of Plymouth Colony from 1673 to 1680, the first native-born governor in North America. He had numerous prominent descendents.