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Origins of the Wright surname

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What does the name Wright mean?

Wright is a common occupational surname that is believed to originate in England, where even today it is the eleventh most common surname in the country. The surname Wright derives from the Old English word 'wryhta', which began as a woodworker or woodshaper, though later the term broadened to mean any occupational worker. Wright can sometimes arise from anglicisation of the Scottish Gaelic name MacIntyre, which in English means 'son of the wright'.

Alternative variations of the name Wright

Wright, Wrighte, Wraight, Wreight, Wrate

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Where do most Wrights live?

In 1921, most Wrights lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Wrights

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12th most common surname in the UK

We have 993,000 records for the Wright surname. The oldest one dates back to .

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What are the most common Wright first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Wrights

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Wrights in 1921




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


House Servant


Common Male occupations for Wrights in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


Coal Miner


General Labourer




Farm Labourer


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