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This name derives from the Anglo-Saxon male personal name “Wynstan”, first recorded since 1303 as a surname “Wynston and Winstone”, composed of two Old English elements: “wynn” (joy) plus “stan” (stone). In turn the name means “joy stone”, variously taken to mean “friend's settlement” or “friend's stone boundary”. As a surname, it was borne by Sarah Winston (1660–1744), who married into the Churchill family and was later known as Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough. Her son was christened Winston (1620–1688) in tribute to her; a later descendant was the well-known Sir Winston Spencer Churchill (1874–1965), the UK Prime Minister who served as a wartime leader.

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