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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.

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The surname Washington 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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
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Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
There is another parish named Washington in Sussex.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Washington research. Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1602, 1653, 1631, 1677, 1659, 1698, 1694 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Washington History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Washington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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 United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Washington settled in Virginia in 1639
  • Richard Washington, who arrived in Virginia in 1639
  • John and Lawrence Washington settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1657
  • Edw Washington, who arrived in Virginia in 1663
  • Hen Washington, who landed in Virginia in 1664
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Washington Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jededia Washington, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Eliz Washington, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Richard Washington settled in Maryland in 1718

Washington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Washington, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • J W Washington, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Col. Washington, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • George Washington settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1866
  • W H Washington, who arrived in Mississippi in 1885
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Washington Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Washington, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1827
  • Bridget Washington, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1831
  • John Washington, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
  • Martin Washington, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843

Washington Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Washington arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840
  • Ann Washington arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840
  • Selina Washington arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840
  • Martha Ann Washington arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840
  • Thomas Washington arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840
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  • Dwayne Alonzo "Pearl" Washington (1964-2016), American college and professional basketball player who played from 1986 to 1991
  • William Henry Washington (1813-1860), American politician, United States Congressman from North Carolina between 1841 and 1843
  • William D. Washington (1833-1870), American painter and teacher, most famous for his painting The Burial of Latané, which became a symbol of the Lost Cause of the Confederacy
  • Walter Edward Washington (1915-2003), American politician, 1st Mayor of the District of Columbia (1975-1979)
  • William Augustine Washington (1752-1810), American officer of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War
  • Tyree Washington (b. 1976), retired American sprinter who won four gold medals and two silver medals
  • Ronald Washington (b. 1952), American former Major League Baseball shortstop and a former manager of the Texas Rangers
  • Enrico Aliceno "Rico" Washington (b. 1978), American former Major League Baseball infielder who played for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2008
  • Ned Washington (1901-1976), American two-time Academy Award winning and eleven-time Academy Award nominated lyricist, probably best remembered for his 1940 song "When You Wish upon a Star" featured in Pinocchio
  • Mashona Washington (b. 1976), American professional tennis player
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  • Wright-Washington and Allied Families by Myrtle Viola Sears Steiner.
  • Augustine Washington's Descendants by John A. Washington.
  • The Ancestry of Mayor Harold Washington (1922-1987) by Curtis G. Brasfield.
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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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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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