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Hwæsa tūn > Hwæsingatūn

Washington is a male given name and a surname. It most frequently refers to George Washington (1732–1799), the first President of the United States of America. Early references appear in Tyne and Wear in 1096 in Old English as Wasindone. The etymological origin is disputed and there are several proposed theories for how the name "Washington" came about. The most supported theory is that Washington is derived from Anglo-Saxon Hwæsingatūn, which roughly means "estate of the descendents (family) of Hwæsa". Hwæsa (usually rendered Wassa or Wossa in modern English) is an Old English name meaning "wheat sheaf"; Swedish House of Vasa being a more famous cognate.

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