Wainewright History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The history of the name Wainewright dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from a member of the family who worked as a wainwright or wagon builder. The surname Wainewright is derived from the Old English word wægnwyrhta, which means wainwright.   "Wain is an old, but nearly obsolete, word for wagon. In Sussex, a shed in which wagons stand is called a wain-house or ' wen-hus,' and in some parts of England a wagoner is called a wain-man, whence the surname Wenman. Nor must we forget the constellation, Charles's Wain. A Wainwright was therefore synonymous with Cartwright and Wheelwright, also English surnames, and signified a builder of wagons." 
Early Origins of the Wainewright family
The surname Wainewright was first found in Worcestershire where they were Lords of the manor of Dudelei from very ancient times, and it is possible that they are interrelated with the Norman Baron William FitzAnsculf whose castle was in Dudley. One of the earliest records of the name was Alimar Wanwrecthe who was listed in Essex in 1237. Adam the Waynwrith was listed in Yorkshire in 1285 and Alan le Waynwright was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Lancashire in 1285. 
Early History of the Wainewright family
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Wainewright Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Wainewright has undergone many spelling variations, including Wainwright, Waynewright, Wainright, Wayn and others.
Early Notables of the Wainewright family (pre 1700)
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Wainewright migration to the United States +
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Wainewright were among those contributors:
Wainewright Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Hester Wainewright who settled in Barbados in 1682
Contemporary Notables of the name Wainewright (post 1700) +
- Thomas Griffiths Wainewright (1794-1862), English poisoner and art critic, born at Chiswick, son of Thomas Wainewright of Chelsea; he poisoned his uncle George Edward Gritfiths, at Linden House in 1828 to inherit his considerable estate 
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- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 Jan. 2019