What’s in a Name? Washington

Only two more days until George Washington’s birthday, and today’s post is all about his last name – Washington:

The surname finds its origins in England as  “town belonging to Wassa’s people”:

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’. Another meaning is “smart town.”

Screenshot 2016-02-20 21.54.02Ancestry.com makes the research on anyone’s name very easy, and there are a number of  other interesting features on its website. For example, I found  chart that seems to indicate that people with the surname Washington generally live shorter lives than other those with other surnames.

More research led me to another chart on the Name Meaning website shows that the name Washington as a first name for boys was peaked in popularity in the 1920.

So, what’s in a name?

Consider that Washington’s name is also used as the adjective-Washingtonian. That description can mean someone from the Washington, D.C. or the state of Washington,

That adjective Washingtonian might also be a compliment of the highest order if one is compared to Washington as making a significant contribution to our nation.

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