Washington

First Name
3k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
177k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Washington" mean? The list below shows the origins of Washington as well as things modernly associated with the name Washington such as celebrities named Washington.

Origin and Meaning of Washington

"Washington" is a name of English origin, and it means "From the town of Wassa's peopl". It's a name commonly given to boys.

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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)
Wiktionary

Habitational surname from the Old English place name Hwæsingatūn, meaning "a settlement of (a person named) Wassa".

  1. George Washington, the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army of the American rebels and first President of the United States of America, from 1789 to 1797.
  2. Washington, D.C., the federal capital of the United States since 1800.
  3. (by synecdoche) The federal government or administrative authority of the United States.
  4. A state of the United States of America Capital: Olympia; largest city: Seattle.
  5. A city in Iowa, USA, and county seat of Washington County.
  6. A city in Kansas, USA, and county seat of Washington County.
  7. A city in Pennsylvania, USA, and county seat of Washington County.
  8. A town in the county of Tyne and Wear in the Northeast of England.
  9. (anthroponymy) A surname​.
  10. (US, anthroponymy) A male given name popular during the first century of American independence
  11. (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, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Tatar

Notable Persons With the Name Washington

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.

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Washington Navy Yard shooting is a famous somebody.

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

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Washington Duke was an influential human. 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.

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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.

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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.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How popular is the baby name Washington in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 24 0 24
1881 20 0 20
1882 23 0 23
1883 20 0 20
1884 29 0 29
1885 21 0 21
1886 21 0 21
1887 12 0 12
1888 26 0 26
1889 19 0 19
1890 16 0 16
1891 14 0 14
1892 17 0 17
1893 13 0 13
1894 15 0 15
1895 19 0 19
1896 14 0 14
1897 19 0 19
1898 19 0 19
1899 16 0 16
1900 28 0 28
1901 19 0 19
1902 14 0 14
1903 7 0 7
1904 19 0 19
1905 14 0 14
1906 10 0 10
1907 18 0 18
1908 7 0 7
1909 8 0 8
1910 26 0 26
1911 18 0 18
1912 27 0 27
1913 26 0 26
1914 44 0 44
1915 48 0 48
1916 37 0 37
1917 45 0 45
1918 46 0 46
1919 54 0 54
1920 51 0 51
1921 60 0 60
1922 38 0 38
1923 37 0 37
1924 46 0 46
1925 34 0 34
1926 46 0 46
1927 42 0 42
1928 30 0 30
1929 31 0 31
1930 29 0 29
1931 21 0 21
1932 31 0 31
1933 31 0 31
1934 21 0 21
1935 26 0 26
1936 23 0 23
1937 23 0 23
1938 23 0 23
1939 21 0 21
1940 23 0 23
1941 23 0 23
1942 16 0 16
1943 25 0 25
1944 24 0 24
1945 24 0 24
1946 22 0 22
1947 36 0 36
1948 22 0 22
1949 26 0 26
1950 20 0 20
1951 18 0 18
1952 16 0 16
1953 18 0 18
1954 15 0 15
1955 11 0 11
1956 16 0 16
1957 22 0 22
1958 18 0 18
1959 11 0 11
1960 12 0 12
1961 11 0 11
1962 9 0 9
1963 16 0 16
1964 14 0 14
1965 14 0 14
1966 15 0 15
1967 9 0 9
1968 12 0 12
1969 7 0 7
1970 18 0 18
1971 10 0 10
1972 11 0 11
1973 9 0 9
1974 15 0 15
1975 14 0 14
1976 10 0 10
1977 13 0 13
1978 6 0 6
1979 15 0 15
1980 11 0 11
1981 16 0 16
1982 10 0 10
1983 8 0 8
1984 5 0 5
1985 9 0 9
1987 7 0 7
1988 7 0 7
1989 8 0 8
1990 15 0 15
1991 16 0 16
1992 7 0 7
1993 12 0 12
1994 9 0 9
1995 12 0 12
1996 9 0 9
1997 9 0 9
1998 9 0 9
1999 6 0 6
2000 5 0 5
2001 11 0 11
2002 5 0 5
2003 8 0 8
2004 15 0 15
2005 8 0 8
2006 8 0 8
2007 5 0 5
2008 12 0 12
2009 7 0 7
2010 9 0 9
2011 15 0 15
2012 13 0 13
2013 12 0 12
2014 13 0 13
2015 11 0 11

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Popularity of Washington as a first name

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Popularity of Washington as a last name

The map shows the relative popularity of the name Washington as a last name in each of the states. See other popular names in Louisiana, South Carolina, or Mississippi.

Common last names for Washington

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Jackson
  • Green
  • Taylor
  • Cook
  • Lewis

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

  • How Popular is the name Washington? Washington is the 5,609th 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 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,544 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 1928 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 as you in 1928.
  • Weird things about the name Washington: Your name in reverse order is Notgnihsaw. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Owgintnahs. 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!

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What does the name Washington mean?

Wis for wisdom, you acquire with age.

Ais for acts, the daily acts of kindness shown to others

Sis for success, in all you will do.

His for hope, the encouragement you give.

Iis for immense, are your great qualities

Nis for number one, make sure to take care of yourself above all others

Gis for gracious, it shows everyday.

Tis for treasure, that of your friendship.

Ois for outlook, pleasing to all.

Nis for neatness, your orderly way.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.