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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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.