The name Cartright is Anglo-Saxon
in origin. It was a name given to 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 Cartright family
The surname Cartright was first found in Worcestershire
, some say well before the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Cartright family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cartright 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 Cartright History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cartright Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Cartright 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 Cartright 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 Cartright Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cartright family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Cartright Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Dr. C. W. Cartright, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
Contemporary Notables of the name Cartright (post 1700)
- L. F. Cartright, American politician, Candidate for West Virginia State Senate 11th District, 1914