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Cartwright Name Meaning

English (Midlands and northern England): occupational name from Middle English cart(e) ‘cart’ + wright(e) ‘craftsman’ (Old English cræt or Old Norse kartr + Old English wyrhta) for a cartwright a maker of carts. Variant of Courtright a surname of Dutch origin.

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

Similar surnames: Arkwright, Wainwright, Boatwright, Wright, Cartright, Seabright

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Where is the Cartwright family from?

You can see how Cartwright families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cartwright family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cartwright families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 52 Cartwright families living in New York. This was about 23% of all the recorded Cartwright's in USA. New York had the highest population of Cartwright families in 1840.
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What did your Cartwright ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Cartwright. 19% of Cartwright men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Cartwright women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cartwright were Truck Driver and Stenographer. .

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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 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Maid
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 270,000 census records available for the last name Cartwright. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cartwright 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 30,000 immigration records available for the last name Cartwright. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 31,000 military records available for the last name Cartwright. For the veterans among your Cartwright ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cartwright lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Cartwright life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Cartwright in 1943 was 35, and 74 in 2004.

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