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What’s in a Name? Especially, The “Washington” Surname

by Savitha C Muppala on February 22, 2011 at 2:47 PM
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 What’s in a Name? Especially, The “Washington” Surname

Ninety-percent of those with surnames as "Washington" are black, according to a recent survey. Only 5% are white.

Using the 2000 census, a survey was conducted among 1,63,036 people with the surname "Washington". 90% of them were found to be African-American.

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The reason behind the popularity of the surname, "Washington" among African-Americans is not known. A good guess is that, the surname might have gained popularity, post civil war when blacks were asked to make a choice regarding their surname. "Washington", might have been the preferred choice, symbolic of freedom.



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