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Arkwright Family History

Arkwright Surname Meaning

English: occupational name for a chest maker from Middle English ark wright ‘maker of chests boxes etc.’ (Old English arc ‘chest’ + wyrhta ‘wright joiner’).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Cartwright, Wright, Wainwright, Boatwright, Bright, Seabright

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Where is the Arkwright family from?

You can see how Arkwright families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Arkwright family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Arkwright families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 565 Arkwright families living in Lancashire. This was about 75% of all the recorded Arkwright's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Arkwright families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Arkwright surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Arkwright ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Arkwright. 25% of Arkwright men worked as a General Labourer and 67% of Arkwright women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Arkwright were Merchant Tailor and Housewife. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Gardener
  • Colliery below Heavy Work
  • Merchant Tailor

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Cotton Weaver
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Arkwright. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Arkwright census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Arkwright. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Arkwright. For the veterans among your Arkwright ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Arkwright lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Arkwright life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1969, and highest in 1977. The average life expectancy for Arkwright in 1960 was 46, and 81 in 2004.

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