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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Win"kle
Any periwinkle.Any one of various marine spiral gastropods, esp., in the United States, either of two species of Fulgar Fulgar canaliculata, and Fulgar carica).

Note: ☞ These are large mollusks which often destroy large numbers of oysters by drilling their shells and sucking their blood.

Etymology: AS. wincle

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Edible marine gastropod
  2. Small edible marine snail; steamed in wine or baked
  3. Remove or displace from a position
  4. Gleam or glow intermittently
  5. Emit or reflect light in a flickering manner ("Does a constellation twinkle more brightly than a single star?")

Short for periwinkle.

  1. A periwinkle or its shell, of family Littorinidae.
  2. Any one of various marine spiral gastropods, especially, in the United States, either of two species Busycotypus canaliculata and Busycon carica.
  3. (children's slang) The penis, especially that of a boy rather than that of a man.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Winkle

Vanilla Ice is a hip hop music, rap rock, nu metal, and rap metal rapper, actor, record producer, singer, television host, and rapping. He was most active from 1985 to present. Vanilla was given the name Robert Matthew Van Winkle on October 31st, 1967 in Dallas, Texas, U.S.


Travis Van Winkle is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 2004 to present. Travis was given the name Travis Scott Van Winkle on November 4th, 1982 in Victorville, California, U.S.


Her most notable accomplishments were from 2014 to present. Baddiewinkle was given the name Helen Ruth Van Winkle on July 18th, 1928 in Glomar, Kentucky.


Archie Van Winkle is a military person. His military service ended in 1945.


Peter G. Van Winkle was a senator. His career lasted from 1863 to 1869. Peter was born on September 7th, 1808. He died on April 15th, 1872.


Wilhelmina was given the name Wilhelmina Caroline Ginger on March 26th, 1875 in New York City. Wilhelmina is also known as Mina Van Winkle. She died on January 16th, 1932.


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Popularity of Winkle as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Winkle U.S.
  White 93.70% 64.26%
  African American 1.08% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.61% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.69% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.99% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.94% 16.26%

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People with the last name Winkle are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Winkle

  • How Popular is the name Winkle? As a last name Winkle was the 8,131st most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Winkle first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Winkle is Sunday, June 27th, 1915.
  • How unique is the name Winkle? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Winkle. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Winkle: Your name in reverse order is Elkniw. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Knilwe. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Winkle? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,077 people with the last name Winkle.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Winkle? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Winkle as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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