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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.
First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, at Washington, after the Norman Conquest of 1066.
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.
Another 163 words(12 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 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
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
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
- President George Washington (1732-1799), Commander-in- Chief of United States forces in the American Revolution and the first President of the United States
- Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. (b. 1954), American two-time Academy and Golden Globe Award winning, BAFTA Award winning actor, screenwriter, director and film producer
- Dinah Washington (1924-1963), born Ruth Lee Jones, American blues, R&B and jazz singer, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993
- Justine "Baby" Washington (b. 1940), American soul music vocalist
- Booker Taliaferro Washington (1856-1915), African-American educator, author, orator, and advisor to American presidents
- Bushrod Washington (1762-1829), American Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court (1798-1829), nephew of George Washington
- Claudell Washington (b. 1954), American former Major League Baseball right fielder
- Craig Anthony Washington (b. 1941), American lawyer and Democratic Party politician, Member of the United States House of Representatives for Texas (1989-1995)
- Dennis R. Washington (b. 1934), American industrialist and philanthropist, ranked by Forbes as the 79th-richest person in America with an estimated current net worth of around $6 billion
- Eric Maurice Washington (b. 1974), American former National Basketball Association player
- 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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- Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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- MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. 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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