Washington name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Washington

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  1. The federal government of the United States
  2. The capital of the United States in the District of Columbia and a tourist mecca; George Washington commissioned Charles L'Enfant to lay out the city in 1791
  3. A state in northwestern United States on the Pacific
  4. 1st President of the United States; commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution (1732-1799)
  5. United States educator who was born a slave but became educated and founded a college at Tuskegee in Alabama (1856-1915)

Habitational surname from a Northeastern English place name, attested around 1096 in Old English as Wasindone. While the origins of the place name are not fully known, local historians favour the theory that it developed from an Old English place name Hwæssingatūn, meaning "a settlement of the household of Hwæssa", from Hwæssa (a Saxon chieftain's name) +‎ -ing (“belonging to”) +‎ tūn.

  1. George Washington.
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. (figuratively, metonymically) The federal government or administrative authority of the United States.
  4. A state in the United States.
  5. A community in Blandford-Blenheim, Oxford County, Ontario, Canada.
  6. A new town in the Metropolitan Borough of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England (OS grid ref NZ3056).
  7. A village and civil parish of Horsham district, West Sussex, England.
  8. A community in Mahaica-Berbice, Guyana.
  9. A barangay of Catarman, Northern Samar, Philippines.
  10. A barangay of Escalante, Negros Occidental, Philippines.
  11. A barangay of San Jacinto, Masbate, Philippines.
  12. A barangay of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte, Philippines.
  13. A ghost town in Autauga County, Alabama.
  14. A tiny city in Ozan Township, Hempstead County, Arkansas.
  15. A census-designated place in Nevada County, California.
  16. The former name of a former town in Yolo County, California, now the neighborhood of Broderick, West Sacramento.
  17. A rural town in Litchfield County, Connecticut.
  18. A city, the county seat of Wilkes County, Georgia, United States.
  19. A city in Tazewell County, Illinois.
  20. A city, the county seat of Daviess County, Indiana.
  21. A city, the county seat of Washington County, Iowa.
  22. A city, the county seat of Washington County, Kansas.
  23. A neighborhood of the city of Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky.
  24. A village in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana.
  25. A town in Knox County, Maine.
  26. A small town in Berkshire County, Massachusetts.
  27. An unincorporated community in Washington Township, Macomb County, Michigan.
  28. An unincorporated community in Adams County, Mississippi.
  29. A city in Franklin County, Missouri.
  30. A village in Washington County, Nebraska.
  31. A town in Sullivan County, New Hampshire.
  32. A borough of Warren County, New Jersey.
  33. A town in Dutchess County, New York.
  34. A city, the county seat of Beaufort County, North Carolina.
  35. A small town in McClain County, Oklahoma.
  36. A city, the county seat of Washington County, Pennsylvania.
  37. A city in Washington County, Utah.
  38. A town in Orange County, Vermont.
  39. A small town, the county seat of Rappahannock County, Virginia.
  40. A census-designated place in Wood County, West Virginia.
  41. An unincorporated community in Door County, Wisconsin.
  42. A town in Eau Claire County, Wisconsin.
  43. A small town in Green County, Wisconsin.
  44. A small town in La Crosse County, Wisconsin.
  45. A small town in Rusk County, Wisconsin.
  46. A small town in Sauk County, Wisconsin.
  47. A small town in Shawano County, Wisconsin.
  48. A town in Vilas County, Wisconsin.
  49. An English surname​.
  50. (US) A male given name transferred from the surname, popular during the first century of American independence.
  51. University of Washington.
  52. (slang, US) a U.S. one-dollar bill, which features a portrait of George Washington

Washington was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Finnish, French, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Tatar

Notable Persons Named Washington

Notable Persons Named Washington

Washington Irving

Washington Irving was a short story writer, essayist, biographer, magazine editor, diplomat, and essay. Washington was born on April 3rd, 1783 in New York City. He died on November 28th, 1859.

Washington Navy Yard shooting

Washington Roebling

Washington Roebling was an architect. Washington was born on May 26th, 1837 in Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, USA. He left this life on July 21st, 1926.

Washington Duke

Washington was given the name George Washington Duke on December 18th, 1820 in Orange County, North Carolina. He left this life on May 8th, 1905.

Washington Luís

Washington Luís was a --05- Secretary of Justice of São Paulo, Member of the Federal Senate, 11th Governor of São Paulo, 3rd Mayor of São Paulo, Member of a Legislative Assembly, Federal Senate, and Legislative Assembly of São Paulo. He was most active from 1926 to 1930. Washington was born on October 26th, 1869 in Macaé. He left this life on August 4th, 1957.

Washington Phillips

Washington Phillips was a gospel, gospel blues, and gospel music musician. He plays Voice and zither. He was most active from 1927 to present. Washington was born on January 11th, 1880. He breathed his last breath on September 20th, 1954.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Washington

Notable Persons With the Last Name Washington

George Washington

George Washington was a Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, Delegate to the Second Continental Congress from Virginia, Delegate to the First Continental Congress, from Virginia, 1st President of the United States, Senior Officer of the Army, Commander-in-Chiefof theCon. George was born on February 22nd, 1732 in Westmoreland County, Virginia. He left this life on December 14th, 1799.

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington is an actor and filmmaker. He was most active from 1974 to present. Denzel was given the name Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. on December 28th, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York, U.S.

Booker T. Washington

Booker T. Washington was an educator, author, and african american civil rights leader. He holds the title The Atlanta Compromise". Booker was given the name Booker Taliaferro Washington on April 5th, 1856 in , U.S. He passed away on November 14th, 1915.

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington is an actress and actor. Her ongoing career started in 1994. Kerry was given the name Kerry Marisa Washington on January 31st, 1977 in The Bronx, New York, U.S.

John David Washington

John David Washington is a football player. His most notable accomplishments were from 2009 to 2012. John was born on July 28th, 1984 in Los Angeles.

Martha Washington

Martha Washington was a First Lady of the United States. Martha was born on June 2nd, 1731 in Chestnut Grove (plantation). She passed away on May 22nd, 1802.

  • Isaiah Washington
  • Dinah Washington
  • Plies
  • Augustine Washington
    Plantations in the American South
  • Hussein Fatal
  • Harold Washington
    Mayor of Chicago
  • General of the Armies George Washington
  • Mary Ball Washington
  • John Washington
  • Lekha Washington
  • Dennis Washington
  • George Washington
    Continental Army
  • Bushrod Washington
    Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • Ron Washington
    Baseball Player

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Washington U.S.
  White 5.17% 64.26%
  African American 87.53% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.30% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.68% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.78% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.54% 16.26%

Of Last Name Washington

People with the last name Washington are most frequently African American

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Fun Facts about the name Washington

  • What name lists does Washington rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Washington? Washington is the 5,906th most popular name of all time. As a last name Washington was the 145th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Washington have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,600 babies born with the first name Washington in the United States. That's more than enough people named Washington to occupy the territory of Svalbard and Jan Mayen (Norway) with an estimated population of 2,495 (as of March 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Washington? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 24 new born babies.
  • When was Washington first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Washington is Monday, April 15th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Washington born? The highest recorded use of the first name Washington was in 1921 with a total of 60 babies.
  • Random Washington Factoid: According to the 1917 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Washington is not a popular baby boy's name in South Carolina. Imagine that, only 6 babies in South Carolina have the same name in 1917.
  • Weird things about the name Washington: The name spelled backwards is Notgnihsaw. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Itswnhnago. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Washington? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 177,386 people with the last name Washington.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Washington? Washington was ranked as the 145th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
  • Washington name meaning

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