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The ancient name of Wainwright finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a wainwright or wagon builder. The surname Wainwright is derived from the Old English word węgnwyrhta, which means wainwright. [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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Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
"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." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


Wainwright Early Origins



The surname Wainwright 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. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

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Wainwright Spelling Variations


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Wainwright 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 Wainwright family name include Wainwright, Waynewright, Wainright, Wayn and others.

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Wainwright Early History


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Wainwright Early History



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Wainwright Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wainwright Early Notables (pre 1700)



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Wainwright In Ireland


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Wainwright In Ireland



Some of the Wainwright family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 78 words (6 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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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Wainwright surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Wainwright Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Francis Wainwright, who landed in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1648
  • Thomas Wainwright, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1659
  • Josias Wainwright, who arrived in Maryland in 1673

Wainwright Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Francis Wainwright settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1712 with his servant
  • John Wainwright settled in Savannah, Georgia in 1775

Wainwright Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Wainwright, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1810
  • Mary and John Wainwright settled in New York NY in 1821
  • C. Wainwright settled in Baltimore Maryland in 1822 with four children
  • George Wainwright, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852

Wainwright Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Wainwright a watchmaker, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LLOYDS from London 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Lloyds.htm
  • Laura Wainwright, aged 2, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LLOYDS from London 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Lloyds.htm
  • Sarah Wainwright arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Florentia" in 1849
  • Sarah A. Wainwright, aged 19, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Florentia"
  • Thomas Wainwright, aged 35, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Navarino"

Wainwright Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edward Wainwright, aged 32, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Hannah Wainwright, aged 25, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • William Wainwright, aged 8, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • James Wainwright, aged 5, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Charles Wainwright arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Owen Glendowner" in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wainwright (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wainwright (post 1700)



  • Commander Richard Wainwright Jr. (1881-1944), American officer in the United States Navy during World War I who was awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during the 1914 Veracruz action
  • Commander Richard Wainwright (1817-1862), American officer in the United States Navy during the American Civil War, cousin of Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright
  • Rear Admiral Richard Wainwright (1849-1926), American officer in the United States Navy during the Spanish-American War, son of Commander Richard Wainwright
  • Louie Lee Wainwright (b. 1923), American Secretary of the Florida Division of Corrections from 1962 to 1987
  • Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright II (1821-1863), American officer in the United States Navy during the American Civil War who was killed in action during the Battle of Galveston, grandfather of Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV
  • Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright I (1792-1854), English-born, American provisional Episcopal bishop in Manhattan, New York City
  • Helen E. Wainwright (1906-1965), also known as Helen Stelling, an American two-time silver medalist diver and swimmer at the 1920 and 1924 Summer Olympics, posthumously inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1972
  • Charles Shiels Wainwright (1826-1907), American produce farmer and artillery officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War, known for his diary of the July 1863 Battle of Gettysburg
  • Adam Parrish Wainwright (b. 1981), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals
  • Loudon Wainwright III (b. 1946), American songwriter, folk singer, humorist, and actor, father of musicians Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, and Lucy Wainwright Roche
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LLOYDS from London 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Lloyds.htm

Other References

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  2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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