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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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Wright Family Origin

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Wright Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    38%
  • Laborer

    9%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Farm Laborer

    4%

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wright. A less common occupation for the Wright family was Farm Laborer. The most common Wright occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Wright's were Farmers.

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Famous Wright Family

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Amelia Earhart1897 - 1939 (41)
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James Dean1931 - 1955 (24)
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John Philip Sousa1854 - 1932 (77)
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Abraham Lincoln1809 - 1865 (56)
Babe Ruth1895 - 1948 (53)
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