Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • English : topographic name for someone who lived near a pathway, alleyway, or road, Old English (ge)wind (from windan ‘to go’).
  • English, German, and Danish : nickname for a swift runner, from Middle English wind ‘wind’, Middle High German wint ‘wind’, also ‘greyhound’.
  • German : variant of Wendt.
  • Swedish : ornamental name from vind ‘wind’, or a habitational name from a place named with this element.