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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 Family Origin

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Washington Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Labourer

  • Minister


In 1881, the most common Washington occupation in Canada was Farmer. 26% of Washington's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Washington. A less common occupation for the Washington family was Minister.

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