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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

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4,814,860 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
471,524 Military Records
298,056 Immigration Records
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Name Distribution of Wright Families

  • Number of Wright families
     2,208 - 4,413
     737 - 2,207
     1 - 736
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Wright families
     7,020 - 14,037
     2,341 - 7,019
     1 - 2,340
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Wright families
     1,354 - 2,705
     452 - 1,353
     1 - 451
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Wright Family Origin

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Wright Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Wright

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Wright Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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