Wishingtown is a name that first reached England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Wishingtown 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 Wishingtown family
The surname Wishingtown 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 Wishingtown family
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Wishingtown Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Wishingtown are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Wishingtown include Washington, Washingtone and others.
Early Notables of the Wishingtown 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 Wishingtown Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wishingtown family to Ireland
Some of the Wishingtown family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Wishingtown family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Wishingtown, 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.