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Wright Family History

Wright Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and northern Irish: occupational name for a maker of machinery, mostly in wood, of any of a wide range of kinds, from Old English wyrhta, wryhta ‘craftsman’ (a derivative of wyrcan ‘to work or make’). The term is found in various combinations (for example, Cartwright and Wainwright), but when used in isolation it generally referred to a builder of windmills or watermills. Common New England Americanized form of French Le Droit, a nickname for an upright person, a man of probity, from Old French droit ‘right’, in which there has been confusion between the homophones right and wright.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Bright, Knight, Wight, Slight, Light, Arkwright, High, Upright, Wicht

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Where is the Wright family from?

You can see how Wright families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wright family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wright families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 14,037 Wright families living in London. This was about 14% of all the recorded Wright's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Wright families in 1891.
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What did your Wright 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 Wright. 6% of Wright men worked as a General Labourer and 63% of Wright women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wright were Bricklayer and Incapacitated. .

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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
    6%
  • Builders Labourer
    2%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
  • Bricklayer
    2%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    63%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    2%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
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Passenger Lists

There are 333,000 immigration records available for the last name Wright. 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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There are 515,000 military records available for the last name Wright. For the veterans among your Wright ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wright lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Wright life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Wright in 1940 was 36, and 73 in 2004.

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