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The ancestors of the Wright family lived among an ancient Scottish people called the Boernicians. The name Wright is derived from the Old English "wyrhta," meaning "worker," or, specifically, "woodworker, carpenter, craftsman," and was used to refer to a carpenter. In medieval rolls, the name was often Latinized as Faber. "The Anglo-Saxon wyrhta signifies, in its widest sense, the same as the Latin faber, a workman of any kind, but more specifically an artificer in hard materials." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


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The surname Wright was first found in Berwickshire, where the Wright family held a seat from ancient times. Some of the earliest records include Rauf le Wrighte, who was 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. The family were common to the Lowlands of Scotland and to the north of England.

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Robert le Wriete in Cambridgeshire; Roger le Wriete in Cambridgeshire; and Margery le Wrytte in Cambridgeshire. Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Adam Wrygson; Robert Wreghtson; and Johannes Redebarn, wryght. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wright, Right, Write, Wrighte and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wright research. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1342, 1590, 1657, 1602, 1658, 1609, 1623, 1637, 1664, 1660, 1664, 1615, 1683, 1670, 1685, 1634, 1689, 1687, 1689, 1611, 1690, 1675, 1682, 1654, 1721 and are included under the topic Early Wright History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Laurence Wright (1590-1657), an English physician, notably physician in ordinary to Oliver Cromwell and to the Charterhouse; John Wright ( fl. 1602-1658), a major London publisher and bookseller, one of the two booksellers who sold Shakespeare's Sonnets in 1609 a member of...

Another 107 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wright Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Wright family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 169 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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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wright Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Wright, who settled in Virginia in 1623 with his wife
  • Horten Wright, who arrived in Virginia in 1624-1625
  • Richard Wright and his wife Margaret, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630 with their daughter
  • Alice Wright, aged 21, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Henry Wright, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1635
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Wright Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Dionisius Wright, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • George Wright, who arrived in Leeward Islands in 1705
  • John Wright, who immigrated Georgia in 1732
  • Archibald Wright, who arrived in Georgia in 1744
  • Andrew Wright, aged 20, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774
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Wright Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin Wright, who landed in America in 1806
  • Catherine Wright, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Hanse Wright, aged 40, landed in Tennessee in 1812
  • Absolom Wright, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1820
  • Daniel Wright, who landed in New York in 1836
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Wright Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Wright, who came to St. John's, Newfoundland in 1730

Wright Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Anson Wright, who arrived in Canada in 1830
  • Thomas Wright, aged 21, a shoemaker, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Margaret" from London, England
  • Frank Wright, aged 25, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Maria" from Cork, Ireland

Wright Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Wright, English convict from Dorset, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Wright, English convict from Nottingham, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Samuel Wright, Jr., English convict from Cambridge, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • James Wright, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Timothy Wright, English convict from Cambridge, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia
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Wright Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Wright landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • Joseph W Wright landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • Charles E Nicol Wright landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Daniel Wright landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • George Wright landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1840
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  • Scott Olin Wright (1923-2016), American jurist, Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri (1979-1991)
  • Carolyn D. " C. D." Wright (1949-2016), American multiple award winning poet, 1994 Poet Laureate of the state of Rhode Island, recipient of 1987 Guggenheim Fellowship, 1989 Whiting Award and the 2004 MacArthur Fellowship, winner National Book Critics Circle Award in 2010
  • Michael Wright (1980-2015), American-Turkish professional basketball player
  • Terrance Michael "T.M." Wright (1947-2015), American author of horror fiction, speculative fiction, and poetry; he wrote over 25 novels, novellas and short stories in his lifetime
  • Robin Virginia Wright (b. 1966), American Golden Globe Award winning actress, known for her roles in The Princess Bride (1987), Forrest Gump (1994) and House of Cards (2013)
  • James Claude "Jim" Wright Jr., (1922-2015), American politician, 56th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (1987-1989), House Majority Leader (1977-1987)
  • Beals Wright (1879-1961), American Olympic gold medalist for tennis at the 1904 Summer Games
  • Roy Wright (1919-1959), African American teenage hobo, one of the Scottsboro Boys, accused of rape aboard a train, convicted and finally receiving a full posthumous pardon on November 21, 2013
  • Andy Wright (b. 1912), African American teenage hobo, one of the Scottsboro Boys, accused of rape aboard a train, convicted and finally receiving a full posthumous pardon on November 21, 2013
  • Jeffrey Wright (b. 1965), award-winning American film, television, and stage actor and film producer
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Wright Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Alfred Wright, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Susan A  Wright (1860-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Edward Rufus  Wright (1868-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. John Richard  Wright (1891-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Mabel Bell  Wright (1892-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Charles Alan Wright (1917-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Ulverstone, Tasmania, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Charles Patrick Wright (1920-1941), Australian Signalman from St. Marys, Tasmania, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Harold Douglas Wright (1923-1941), Australian Assistant Steward from Forster, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Thomas C Wright (b. 1910), English Leading Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Wallingford, Berkshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Stanley W F Wright (b. 1913), English Supply Assistant serving for the Royal Navy from Muswell Hill, Middlesex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. George Wright (b. 1911), English Yeoman of Signals serving for the Royal Navy from Islfield, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Charles E Wright (b. 1915), English Petty Officer Telegraphist serving for the Royal Navy from Grantham, Lincolnshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Alfred W Wright (b. 1913), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Stanley Wright, British Stoker 1st Class from Leasowe, Moreton, Cheshire, England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Mr. John Wright, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Harold Wright, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Charles H Wright, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. W V Wright, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Kenneth Alvin Wright, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Ernest Charles Wright (b. 1910), English Stoker 2ne Class from Southmead, Glouchestershire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • Andrew Christopher Gillies Wright (1964-1988), English Site Agent from Surrey, England, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died

RMS Lusitania

  • Miss Mary E. Wright, English 2nd Class passenger residing in New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
  • Master Harold Joseph Wright, English Steward's Young Assistant from Waterloo, Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Robert Currie Wright, American 1st Class Passenger from Cleveland, Ohio, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Walter Wright, Scottish 1st Class Passenger from Scotland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Frederick Wright (d. 1912), aged 24, English Squash Court Steward from London, England who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. William Wright, aged 40, English Glory Hole Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 13
  • Miss Marion Wright, aged 26, English Second Class passenger from Yeovil, Somerset who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 9
  • Mr. George Wright (d. 1912), aged 62, Canadian First Class passenger from Halifax, Nova Scotia who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
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  • Wright's 400 Years-Plus: 13 Generation Family by Larry C. Wright.
  • Ancestry of William Henry Wright and Wife Poll Ann Royal and Their Descendants by Watie Delfa Wright Ellis.
  • Captain William Upshaw, Gent., Planter of Virginia by Sophie W. Upshaw.
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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

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  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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The Wright Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wright 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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