NOTES ON SURNAMES (HULL) 74
WINDAS, WINDASS Assuming that this is another form of Windes and Windus listed in Reaney and Wilson’s dictionary then it is an early form of winding house, a building where wool was wound.
Reaney and Wilson note –
William de Windhows in Craven, Yorkshire 1379 (PollTax)
Thomas Wyndhouse, freeman of York, 1431
William Wyndowes, freeman of York, 1458
William Wyndes, freeman of York, 1530.
These three were all weavers, i.e., working in the woollen industry.
David Windus, son of William Windus was born at Sculcoates in September of 1653
William Windus and wife Elizabeth assessed for tax, Hull 1695. They are probably the William Windus and wife Elizabeth mentioned in a Hull deed of 1702, and William may be the William Windas, baker of Hull whose sons John and Robert were admitted freemen of Hull in 1737
Footballer Dean Windass is a favourite son of the city of Hull.