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WASHINGTON - Name Meaning & Origin
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Definition: Derived from the English place name WASHINGTON, the name of a parish in Durham, five miles from Gateshead, and also of a parish in Sussex, ten miles from Shoreham. The original bearer of this surname therefore, could have hailed from either of these places. The place name itself is derived from the Old English personal name "Wassa," combined with the locative suffix "thn", meaning "settlement, homestead." Another possible derivation for the place name comes from "weis," a wash, a creek setting in from the sea, the shallow part of a river; "ing," a meadow or low ground; and "ton," for dun, a hill or town--the town on a wash or creek.

Surname Origin: English

Alternate Surname Spellings: WASHINTON

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Common Surname Search Tips
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FamilySearch - WASHINGTON Genealogy
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WASHINGTON Surname Mailing List
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Surname Finder - WASHINGTON Genealogy & Family Resources
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Cousin Connect - WASHINGTON Genealogy Queries
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DistantCousin.com - WASHINGTON Genealogy & Family History
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MyCinnamonToast.com - WASHINGTON Genealogy in All Regions
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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998.

Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Great Britain: Oxford University Press, 1989.

Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

 

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