What does the name Wright mean?
The origin of the surname Wright is the occupation name, meaning a craftsman who wrought or made objects, such as a wheelwright or cartwright. It derives from an Old English word and was first recorded as a surname in Shropshire and Derbyshire in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. A popular name throughout Britain, it is especially prevalent in the North of England and Scotland. Famous Wrights include inventors of the flying machine, the Wright brothers (Orville and Wilbur), and architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
The earliest occurrence of the Wright surname in our family history documents is from 1449, and we currently have 5,152,488 records where Wright appears.
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Typical jobs for Wrights
Hard-working people, the Wrights. 5142 worked in domestic service, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Wrights lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Wright in London.
Wrights’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Wrights were angels, apparently. We found 6148 in criminal records.
Wrights in World War I
According to the World War I records, 7543 Wrights served in the First World War.