When the ancestors of the Wachingtown family emigrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They 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
Early Origins of the Wachingtown family
The surname Wachingtown was first found in Durham
at Washington, a parish, in the union of Chesterle-Street, E. division of Chester ward. It is said that from this parish rose the stock that George Washington, the American patriot claims descent. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
There is another parish named Washington in Sussex.
Early History of the Wachingtown family
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Wachingtown Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Wachingtown have been found, including Washington, Washingtone and others.
Early Notables of the Wachingtown family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Reverend Lawrence Washington (1602-1653), an English rector, and the great-great-grandfather of George Washington; John Washington (c.
1631-1677), an English Virginia planter
and politician from Purleigh, Essex
, ancestor and great-grandfather of George Washington, first president of the United... Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wachingtown Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wachingtown family to Ireland
Some of the Wachingtown family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Wachingtown family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Wachingtown were among those contributors: Richard Washington settled in Virginia in 1639; John and Lawrence Washington settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1657; Thomas Washington settled in Barbados in 1670.