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Midwinter Name Study

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Surnames/tags: Midwinter Midwynter Mydwinter
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About the Project

The Midwinter Name Study project serves as a collaborative platform to collect information on the Midwinter name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join the study to help make it a valuable reference point for other genealogists who are researching or have an interest in the Midwinter name.

As a One Name Study, this project is not limited to persons who are related biologically. Individual studies can be used to branch out the research into specific methods and areas of interest, such as geographically (England Midwinters), by time period (18th Century Midwinters), or by topic (Midwinter DNA, Midwinter Occupations, Midwinter Statistics). These studies may also include a number of family branches which have no immediate link with each other. Some researchers may even be motivated to go beyond the profile identification and research stage to compile fully sourced, single-family histories of some of the families they discover through this name study project.

Also see the related surnames and surname variants.


  • Do all the Midwinters originate from the Northleach area of Gloucestershire? If this is the case, the geographical extent of the surname should concentrate as we go back in time.


Benjamin Midwinter is an example of how I envision the categories being used to gain useful information. It is unfortunate that searching with categories is currently quite basic and requires a slightly complicated structure to gain information, such as all the Midwinters who were baptised in a particular place.


As its what I know, I've started with England, but I envision other countries operating in a similar fashion. England has the England Project which has set up a geographical category structure based on County and then Place-name. It seems sensible to mirror that structure as it already exists, and will largely be familiar. Thus there is a 'Category:England, Midwinter Name Study' which exists as a sub of 'Category: England, Name Studies'. Similarly for Gloucestershire, and I envision for the other counties. In addition the Gloucestershire category is a sub of the England category within the Name Study hierarchy.

At the place-name level, the name study subs the place-name directly, so for example, 'Category: Aldsworth, Gloucestershire, Midwinter Name Study' is a sub of 'Category: Aldsworth, Gloucestershire'. The advantage of this is that as a sub-category there should be no need to explicitly include the super-category of the England Project itself, and hence reduce category clutter on a profile.

Additionally, below each place I am creating a Baptisms, Marriages and Burials category to reflect the three cardinal life points that are generally available for most people throughout most of the last 500 years at least. Knowing these reliably starts to break down in the 16th century going backwards and modernly going forwards. As the aim is to get a feel for where people were born, married and died, I think it is acceptable to use births and deaths, if they are known.

It's always worth bearing in mind that none of these necessarily reflect a significant location for the person. I myself was born and baptised in two different places that have nothing to do with my childhood life.I've seen people buried in an ancestral plot that there family originated from, but not where they themselves lived. So the system won't be perfect.

However, for someone baptised in Aldsworth, I would envision them categorised as 'Category: Baptisms, Aldsworth, Gloucestershire, Midwinter Name Study', and they will be associated with the super-categories for the place. If they are associated with another place, for example they had children baptised somewhere they themselves weren't baptised, married or buried, they should be added directly to the place in question, for example, 'Category: Aldsworth, Gloucestershire, Midwinter Name Study'.


Research Pages

Here are some of the current research pages included in the study. I'll be working on them, and could use your help!

  • The Cely Papers: The 15th century Midwinter wool traders of Northleach, Gloucestershire turn up frequently in the letters of the Celys. merchants of the Calais Staple.

How to Join

To join the Midwinter Name Study, first start out by browsing our current research pages to see if there is a specific study ongoing that fits your interests. If so, feel free to add your name to the Membership list below, post an introduction comment on the specific team page, and then dive right in!

If a research page does not yet exist for your particular area of interest, please contact the Name Study Coordinator: Nicholas Adams for assistance.

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Once you are ready to go, you can also show your project affiliation with the ONS Member Sticker:



Related Surnames and Surname Variants

Abbreviated Forms

In older documents, you may well find the terminal -er dropped, usually with some kind of scribal mark in their place.

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