Washington Family History

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Washington Name Meaning

English: habitational name from either of the places called Washington, in Tyne and Wear and West Sussex. The latter is from Old English Wassingatun ‘settlement (Old English tun) of the people of Wassa’, a personal name that is probably a short form of some compound name such as Waðsige, composed of the elements wað ‘hunt’ + sige ‘victory’. Washington in Tyne and Wear is from Old English Wassingtun ‘settlement associated with Wassa’.

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

Similar surnames: Wallington, Withington, Warmington, Warrington, Harrington

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Washington Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Washington. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


  • England & Wales


  • Mali


  • Ireland & Scotland


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Washington Family Origin

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Washington Family Occupations

What did your Washington ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Washington occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 4% of Washington's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Washington family was Grocer. Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Washington.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Grocer


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Washington Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Washington. 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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Draft Card

There are 237,000 military records available for the last name Washington. For the veterans among your Washington ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Washington Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Washington life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Washington in 1940 was 32, and 69 in 2004.

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