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Surname Origin and Meaning

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.

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Wright Genealogy and Family History

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. Here are a few more facts to get you started…