The origins of the family name Winder are nordic,around the year 998 Aethelred the unready ,who was already paying Danegeld to Danish mercenaries decided he needed help against the picts and brythonic celts in the north.At this time the area around Dublin was very unsettled the Norwegian farmers who had escaped Norway to prevent being compelled into christianity were being buffeted by the celtic Irish and the warlike Danes who had made their way across mainland England.One of their leaders Ingermund took advantage of the offer of free land in the area from the Solway to Morecambe bay .Among his followers was underling cheiftain called vinnandr.they took their sheep and started the norse population which dominates modern Cumbria to this day.
When the Normans finally arrived in Cumbria even they had difficulty with the Norse dialect the v being pronounced w and as they were more adept at reading and writing VINNANDR became written as WINDER. Therefore our largest lake evolved from vinnandslake to the more French WINDERMERE.Having taken part in the Dna test for BLOOD OF THE VIKINGS Ican confirm I am of norwegian descent on my father`s side and any WINDER wanting to place the origins of his name should look at the place names in the cumbrian area ,there are litterly dozens going back hundreds of years.
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