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Washer Name Meaning

English: from Middle English washer(e) ‘one who washes (something)’ hence an occupational name for a laundryman or for someone who washed raw wool before spinning. Various other occupations too involved washing processes and the name may relate to any of these. For example it may have denoted a man who washed sheep; some tenants on the manor of Burpham near Worthing in Sussex (where the surname is found from an early date) had as part of their feudal service to wash the flocks of their master. Americanized form of German Wascher a cognate of 1 above.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Wascher, Asher, Lasher, Walker, Wasser, Dasher, Flasher, Usher

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Where is the Washer family from?

You can see how Washer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Washer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Washer families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 114 Washer families living in Sussex. This was about 27% of all the recorded Washer's in United Kingdom. Sussex had the highest population of Washer families in 1891.
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What did your Washer ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Washer. 23% of Washer men worked as a General Labourer and 82% of Washer women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Washer were Bricklayer and Unpaid Domestic. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    23%
  • Incapacitated
    14%
  • Market Gardener Own Account
    10%
  • Bricklayer
    10%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    82%
  • Unpaid Household Duties
    4%
  • Incapacitated
    3%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Washer. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Washer. For the veterans among your Washer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Washer lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Washer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Washer in 1951 was 48, and 80 in 2004.

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