The name Wichinton came to England
with the ancestors of the Wichinton family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Wichinton 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
Early Origins of the Wichinton family
The surname Wichinton 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 Wichinton family
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Wichinton Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Washington, Washingtone and others.
Early Notables of the Wichinton 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 Wichinton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wichinton family to Ireland
Some of the Wichinton family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Wichinton family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Wichinton or a variant listed above: Richard Washington settled in Virginia in 1639; John and Lawrence Washington settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1657; Thomas Washington settled in Barbados in 1670.