The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066 brought the Wishingtum family name to the British Isles. They 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 Wishingtum family
The surname Wishingtum 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 Wishingtum family
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Wishingtum Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Washington, Washingtone and others.
Early Notables of the Wishingtum 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 Wishingtum Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wishingtum family to Ireland
Some of the Wishingtum family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
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Migration of the Wishingtum family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Wishingtum 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.