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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'.

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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