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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.
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 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.   There is another parish named Washington in Sussex.
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
- 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
- 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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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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