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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Winter mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Winter

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  • A submission from South Africa says the name Winter means "Gift of God" and is of African origin.
  • A submission from Virginia, United States says the name Winter means "A sweet gift of god that is quiet,beautiful,nice,friendly and adorable" and is of English origin.
  • A submission from Ireland says the name Winter means "Gift of god" and is of English origin.
Other origins: German

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Win"ter
  1. The season of the year in which the sun shines most obliquely upon any region; the coldest season of the year."Of thirty winterhe was old." [Chaucer.]"And after summer evermore succeeds Barren winter, with his wrathful nipping cold." [Shak.]" Winter lingering chills the lap of May." [Goldsmith.]
  2. The period of decay, old age, death, or the like."Life's autumn past, I stand on winter's verge." [Wordsworth.]

Note: ☞ North of the equator, winter is popularly taken to include the months of December, January, and February (see Season). Astronomically, it may be considered to begin with the winter solstice, about December 21st, and to end with the vernal equinox, about March 21st.

Etymology: AS. winter; akin to OFries. & D. winter, OS. & OHG. wintar, G. winter, D. & Sw. vinter, Icel. vetr, Goth. wintrus; of uncertain origin; cf. Old Gallic vindo- white (in comp.), OIr. find white. ����

verb Win"ter
To pass the winter; to hibernate; as, to winter in Florida.
verb Win"ter
To keep, feed or manage, during the winter; as, to winter young cattle on straw.
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  1. The coldest season of the year; in the northern hemisphere it extends from the winter solstice to the vernal equinox
  2. Spend the winter ("We wintered on the Riviera" and "Shackleton's men overwintered on Elephant Island")
  1. A surname​. (A common Germanic one.)
  2. A town and village in Wisconsin.

Winter was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons Named Winter

Winter Ave Zoli is an actress. She has been prominent since 1993. Winter was born on March 30th, 1980 in New Hope, Pennsylvania, U.S.


Winter is a comics character.


Winter was born on December 18th, 1998.


He died on April 27th, 1993.


She was most active from 20 to 20. Winter was born in 1973.


Winter was born in 1941.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Winter

Ariel Winter is an actress, singer, and voice actress. She has had major accomplishments since 2004. Ariel was given the name Ariel Winter Workman on January 28th, 1998 in Los Angeles.


Johnny Winter was an electric blues, blues rock, rock, roll, and texas blues musician. He plays Vocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, and Gibson Firebird. His most notable accomplishments were from 1959 to 2014. Johnny was given the name John Dawson Winter III on February 23rd, 1944 in Beaumont, Texas, US. He breathed his last breath on July 16th, 2014.


Edgar Winter is a rock, pop, jazz fusion, blues rock, blue-eyed soul, and boogie rock musician. He plays Vocals, piano, keyboards, saxophone, marimba, timbales, clavinet, synthesizer, and guitar. He was most prominent from 1969 to present. Edgar was given the name Edgar Holland Winter on December 28th, 1946 in Beaumont, Texas.


Edward Winter was an actor, director, writer, and narrator. He was most active from 1968 to 2000. Edward was given the name Edward Dean Winter on June 3rd, 1937 in Ventura, California, US. Edward is also known as Ed Winter. He died on March 8th, 2001.


Alex Winter is an actor, film director, and screenwriter. He was most active from 1978 to present. Alex was born on July 17th, 1965 in London.


Eric Winter is an actor, model, and producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1999 to present. Eric was given the name Eric Barrett Winter on July 17th, 1976 in La Mirada, California, U.S.


How popular is the baby name Winter in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1954 5 5 0
1961 6 6 0
1963 5 5 0
1964 5 5 0
1967 7 7 0
1969 5 5 0
1970 6 6 0
1972 7 7 0
1973 9 9 0
1974 17 9 8
1975 8 8 0
1976 21 21 0
1977 34 29 5
1978 144 137 7
1979 250 241 9
1980 147 140 7
1981 116 109 7
1982 101 101 0
1983 100 92 8
1984 84 78 6
1985 57 52 5
1986 71 65 6
1987 73 73 0
1988 60 60 0
1989 71 71 0
1990 76 76 0
1991 78 73 5
1992 85 79 6
1993 97 89 8
1994 133 122 11
1995 149 135 14
1996 185 173 12
1997 190 177 13
1998 204 189 15
1999 183 169 14
2000 188 173 15
2001 227 206 21
2002 229 205 24
2003 200 182 18
2004 217 205 12
2005 213 190 23
2006 218 206 12
2007 192 178 14
2008 253 238 15
2009 276 261 15
2010 232 220 12
2011 253 240 13
2012 392 358 34
2013 449 430 19
2014 592 557 35
2015 598 565 33
2016 661 615 46
2017 741 699 42
* Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

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Popularity of Winter as a first name

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Popularity of Winter as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Winter U.S.
  White 93.02% 64.26%
  African American 1.95% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.63% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.43% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.29% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.68% 16.26%

Of Last Name Winter

People with the last name Winter are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Winter

  • How Popular is the name Winter? Winter is the 2,686th most popular name of all time. As a last name Winter was the 1,119th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Winter have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 8,920 babies born with the first name Winter in the United States. That's more than enough people named Winter to occupy the country of Saint Barth with an estimated population of 8,902 (as of January 1, 2009).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Winter? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1954 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Winter first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Winter is Saturday, November 14th, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Winter born? The highest recorded use of the first name Winter was in 2017 with a total of 699 babies.
  • Random Winter Factoid: According to the 2017 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Winter ranks 111th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Wyoming. Imagine that, 5 babies in Wyoming have the same name as you in 2017.
  • Weird things about the name Winter: Your name in reverse order is Retniw. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Wrenti. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Winter? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 31,310 people with the last name Winter.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Winter? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 11 of them will have Winter as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (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).
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