Washington Name Study

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This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about the surname WASHINGTON and its variants. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect. Please contact the project leader, add categories to your profiles, add your questions to the bulletin board, add details of your name research, etc.

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Washington Surname

The Washington surname is a locational name from the pre-7th century. The surname usually descends from the town of Washington in County Durham. There is also a vililage of the same name in West Sussex County. Both places are recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086.

The surname translates as " the settlement of the Wassa people". The word "wassa" itself means "hunting," suggesting the meaning, "the hunting lodge."

One of the earliest mentions of the name is Robert de Wasshington, in 1395; John Washington, in 1401; Laurence Wasshington in 1567; and Philip Washington in 1605. John Washington, whose great grandson George was the first President of the United States, emigrated during Oliver Cromwell's insurrection of 1657 in England.[1]

Special Problems in Washington Research

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Notable Washingtons

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Washington Family Coat of Arms

Washington Coat of Arms

The coat of arms associated with the Washington family is a silver shield with two red bars, in chief three red mullets. The crest being out of a gold ducal coronet, a raven, wings endorsed proper.[2]

Motto: Exitus Acta Probat (Latin); The Outcome Proves (English)


  1. Source: Last name: Washington. The Internet Surname Database. URL: http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Washington
  2. Source: Famous People Named Washington. URL: http://www.biography.com/people/groups/famous-named-washington
  1. Source: http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Washington
  2. Source: http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Washington
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Please remove Category:Virginia Name Studies from this page. This is not part of an approved One Name Study category structure and such categories are being removed. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding

Sincerely, Amy Gilpin WikiTree's One Name Studies Project Co-Leader

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
Hi! I just spent a bit of time searching for name studies of famous Virginia names and got so frustrated that I started a category to collect them.

If you'd be so inclined, would you add

[Category:Name Studies in Virginia]

to this page (but with double brackets).


P.S. Category:Name Studies in Virginia says pages listed should be findable using the surname with Project - right off the bat I find an exception: Project:Washington goes to the subcategory of US History for Washington State.

edit - the category I created (Name Studies in Virginia) was deleted in 2019.

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
edited by Liz (Noland) Shifflett