Meaning and Origin of: Winter

Girl name origins & meanings

  • English : Winter

Girl name variations

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Old English : Winter

Boy name variations

Family name origins & meanings

  • English, German, Danish, and Swedish : nickname or byname for someone of a frosty or gloomy temperament, from Middle English, Middle High German, Danish, Swedish winter (Old English winter, Old High German wintar, Old Norse vetr). The Swedish name can be ornamental.
  • Jewish (Ashkenazic) : from GermanWinter ‘winter’, either an ornamental name or one of the group of names denoting the seasons, which were distributed at random by government officials. Compare Summer, Fruhling, andHerbst.
  • Irish : Anglicized form ( part translation) of Gaelic Mac Giolla-Gheimhridh ‘son of the lad of winter’, fromgeimhreadh ‘winter’. This name is also Anglicized McAlivery.
  • Mistranslation of FrenchLivernois, which is in fact a habitational name, but mistakenly construed as l’hiver ‘winter’.