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From the Boernician clans of the ancient Scottish-English border region comes the name Righter. It is a name for a carpenter. The surname Righter is a derivative of the Old English word wyrhta, which means a worker or, in specific, a woodworker, carpenter, craftsmen of watermills or windmills. In medieval rolls, the name was often Latinized as Faber.

Righter Early Origins



The surname Righter was first found in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, where the Righter family held a seat from ancient times. Some of the earliest records include Rauf le Wrighte, burgess of Stirling, and Thomas le Whright of Blakenhall in Lanarkshire, who rendered homage to King Edward I of England in 1296, on his brief conquest of Scotland. Richard Wricht or Richard dictus Wright was listed in Aberdeen in 1342 and Malcolm Vrycht was a charter witness there in 1362. In the same year, Robert Wryhyt, a carpenter of Berwick, was employed on the roof of the chapel and hall called "la Blakhalle" of the Castle of Berwick. Richard Wryth was perpetual chaplain of St. Clement the Martyr in Dundee in 1427. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

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Righter Spelling Variations


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Righter Spelling Variations



Spelling rules only evolved in the last few centuries with the invention of the printing press and the first dictionaries. Spelling variations are extremely common in names from before that period. Righter has been spelled Wright, Right, Write, Wrighte and others.

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Righter Early History


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Righter Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Righter research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1342, 1398, 1492, 1462, 1734, 1797, 1795, 1852 and are included under the topic Early Righter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Righter Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Righter Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family name during their early history was John Wrycht who was concerned in a law dispute in Aberdeen in 1398; Richard Writht who was admitted burgess of Aberdeen in 1492; William Wrythe with the consent and assent...

Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Righter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Righter In Ireland


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Righter In Ireland



Some of the Righter family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



After making their great crossing, many Boernician-Scottish families settled along the east coast of North Ameri ca. When the War of Independence broke out, United Empire Loyalists moved north to Canada while the rest stayed to fight. The ancestors of many of these Scots still populate the continent. This century, through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations, they began to rediscover their collective national heritage. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Righter or a variant listed above:

Righter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Righter, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • George Righter, aged 27, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1741 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Henry Righter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1747 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Johan Righter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Righter (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Righter (post 1700)



  • Dale Righter, American politician, Member of the Illinois Senate (2003-)
  • Carroll Righter (1900-1988), American astrologist, known as the "astrologer to the stars," reputed to be an advisor to Ronald and Nancy Reagan
  • Cornelius Erwin "Swede" Righter (1897-1985), American gold medalist rugby union player at the 1920 Summer Olympics
  • John Righter, American co-founder of Selchow and Righter, 19th and 20th-century game manufacturer best known for the games Parcheesi and Scrabble
  • Walter Cameron Righter (1923-2011), American bishop in the Episcopal Church, assistant bishop for the Diocese of Newark from 1989 to 1991

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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Meritez
Motto Translation: Deserve.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Other References

  1. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  3. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  4. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  7. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  10. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
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The Righter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Righter Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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