First name origin & meaning:
Old English: Town near water
First name variations: Wash, Washe, Washing
Last name origins & meanings:
- English: habitational name from either of the places called
Washington, in Tyne and Wear and West Sussex. The latter is from Old
English Wassingatūn ‘settlement (Old English tūn)
of the people of Wassa’, a personal name that is probably a
short form of some compound name such as Wāðsige,
composed of the elements wāð ‘hunt’ + sige
‘victory’. Washington in Tyne and Wear is from Old English
Wassingtūn ‘settlement associated with Wassa’.
- George Washington (1732–99), 1st president of the U.S.
(1789–97), was born at Bridges Creek, VA. His great-grandfather had
settled in the colony after emigrating from England in 1658. With the
passage of time, the surname has come to be borne by more African
Americans than English Americans. A prominent example was the educator
Booker T. Washington (1856–1915), born a slave in VA, who adopted his
surname from his stepfather, Washington Ferguson.
Famous people with this last name:
This name appears in the following lists:
Black History/Civil Rights Leaders,
Heroes and Heroines,
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