The ancient name of Carthright finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a maker of carts, and wheels.
The name has its origins in the Old English word craet,
which means cart,
and the Old English word wyrtha,
which means wright
thereby denoting one who was the maker of carts or wagons.
Early Origins of the Carthright family
The surname Carthright was first found in Worcestershire
, some say well before the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Carthright family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carthright research.Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1755, 1634, 1676, 1659, 1634, 1689, 1686, 1602, 1658, 1686, 1635 and 1703 are included under the topic Early Carthright History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Carthright Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Carthright family name include Cartwright, Cartright, Cartwrite, Carthright, Kartwright, Kartright, Cartrite, Kartwrite, Chartwright, Cartrite, Catherick, Cartrait, Cartray, Ceterith, Cateray, Cautheret, Carterwright, Carterright, Carterrite, Chartright, Chartwright, Cardwright and many more.
Early Notables of the Carthright family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include William Cartwright (1634-1676), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1659; Thomas Cartwright (1634-1689), an English bishop and diarist, Bishop of Chester in 1686, supporter of James II; Christopher Cartwright (1602-1658), an English clergyman, Hebraist... Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Carthright Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Carthright family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Carthright surname or a spelling variation of the name include : Bethia Cartwright who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630; John Cartwright settled in Virginia in 1624; Matthew Cartwright settled in Maryland in 1700.