Washer Family History
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