The name Kartwright is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as 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 Kartwright family
The surname Kartwright was first found in Worcestershire
, some say well before the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Kartwright family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kartwright 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 Kartwright History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kartwright Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Kartwright are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Kartwright 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 Kartwright 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 Kartwright Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kartwright family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Kartwright or a variant listed above:
Kartwright Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Katherine Kartwright, who arrived in Maryland in 1676 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)