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What about that name?


When ever I first meet someone...

...or give a speech...

...or write an article...

I know from experience that there are usually 2 questions swirling around in the person's mind:

Is that your real name?

Are your related?

The short answers are both “Yes.”

Let me explain...


I have a common ancestor with Winston Churchill.  This was recently confirmed by Y-DNA testing as part of a genealogical research project being conducted into the Churchill line around the world.

Until this testing was done, there was speculation about the relation but the Y-DNA testing gives a more accurate picture.  

Not Really Close Personal Friends

But my family was not even close to the Churchill family in England which makes this a more remarkable story (at least to me).

I’m a “Junior” meaning my father was given the name by his parents in 1924.

When my father was born, Winston was not yet famous to Americans…he was a public official but not well known in America. (Quick, do you know anybody’s name in the UK government except the Prime Minister?)

Neither did my grandparents on a farm in Minnesota.

Car Nuts Unite

My grandfather was a “car nut” and named his son (my father) in honor of...a car!

“Winton” is the name of the first car that crossed the United States in 1904. At that time it was generally believed that cars would never be able to travel long distances on unimproved roads.


In fact, at the time, one venture capitalist remarked that the big drawback to the automobile was you’d have to pave the entire network of dirt and gravel roads that crisscrossed the country.

Winton Motor Car Company

The manufacturer of that car, Winton Motor Car Company of Cleveland, OH was sold to a company that would become a division of General Motors and remnants of the original company exist today as one of GM’s specialized engine divisions.

Now you know...













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