Wright Family History

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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

What did your Wright ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Wright occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 4% of Wright's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Wright family was Coal Miner. Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wright.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner


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Wright Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Wright. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wright census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Wright. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 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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Wright Life Expectancy

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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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