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Where did the English Washington family come from? What is the English Washington family crest and coat of arms? When did the Washington family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Washington family history?Washington is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Washington family lived in Lancashire, at Washington. The name of this village derives from the Old English word wassingatun, meaning a settlement of the people of Wassa, a personal name which combines Old English elements meaning hunt and victory.
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Washington include Washington, Washingtone and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Washington research. Another 239 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1631, 1677, 1659 and 1698 are included under the topic Early Washington History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 79 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Washington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Washington family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Washingtons to arrive on North American shores:
Washington Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Washington Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Washington Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Washington Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Washington Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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