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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureOther - Society & Culture · 2 months ago

how come surnames like Washington and Jefferson are considered anglo origin, yet they aren't common in Britain?

Update:

the only Washington's and Jefferson's I know are black people in america 

and the only ones I heard of are Thomas Jefferson and George Washington 

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  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    In the first President's case it's because he was born George De Wessyngton then later slightly changed the surname. One does still find De Wessyngtons in the modern UK.

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  • 2 months ago

    Considered by whom?

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  • Jim V
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Not being “common place” does not mean that they are not of Anglo origin. 

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  • 2 months ago

    The story of how Washington became the "blackest name" begins with slavery and takes a sharp turn after the Civil War, when all blacks were allowed the dignity of a surname.

    Even before Emancipation, many enslaved black people chose their own surnames to establish their identities.

    Afterward, some historians theorize, large numbers of blacks chose the name Washington in the process of asserting their freedom.

    Today there are black Washingtons, like this writer, who are often identified as African-American by people they have never met.

    There are white Washingtons who are sometimes misidentified and have felt discrimination. There are Washingtons of both races who view the name as a special — if complicated — gift.

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  • 2 months ago

    Because they ARE English. The history of Washington's family in England is well-known; they had a connection to Lady Di's ancestors.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnP2rm6ghAk

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    The English/British origins of Jefferson's father are not known certainly (he was a self-made man, i.e., his father wasn't wealthy), but likely connect to an eastern English family of that.name.

    https://www.monticello.org/site/research-and-colle...

    There are white Washingtons in the U.S.

    https://jonathantilove.com/white-washingtons/

    I found nothing in reference to white Jeffersons in the U.S., although that doesn't mean that there are none. There are a lot of listings of people with the surname "Jefferson" in the U.K. on the web. Here's the obituary (with photo) of one of them; note it says he had 3 sons.

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