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Origins Available: English, Scottish
The ancestors of the Wright family lived among an ancient Scottish people called the Boernicians. The name Wright is derived from the Old English "wyrhta," meaning "worker," or, specifically, "woodworker, carpenter, craftsman," and was used to refer to a carpenter. In medieval rolls, the name was often Latinized as Faber.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Wright, Right, Write, Wrighte and others.
First found in Berwickshire, where the Wright family held a seat from ancient times. Some of the earliest records include Ralph Wright, burgess of Stirling, and Thomas Wright of Blakenhall in Lanarkshire, who rendered homage to King Edward I of England in 1296 on his brief conquest of Scotland.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wright research. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1342, 1590, 1657, 1602, 1658, 1609, 1623, 1637, 1664, 1660, 1664, 1615, 1683, 1670, 1685, 1634, 1689, 1687, 1689, 1611, 1690, 1675, 1682, 1654, 1721 and are included under the topic Early Wright History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 295 words (21 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wright Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Wright family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Wright Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Robert Wright, who settled in Virginia in 1623 with his wife
- Horten Wright, who arrived in Virginia in 1624-1625
- Richard Wright and his wife Margaret, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630 with their daughter
- Alice Wright, aged 21, landed in Virginia in 1635
- Henry Wright, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1635
Wright Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Dionisius Wright, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
- George Wright, who arrived in Leeward Islands in 1705
- John Wright, who immigrated Georgia in 1732
- Archibald Wright, who arrived in Georgia in 1744
- Andrew Wright, aged 20, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774
Wright Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Benjamin Wright, who landed in America in 1806
- Catherine Wright, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
- Hanse Wright, aged 40, landed in Tennessee in 1812
- Absolom Wright, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1820
- Daniel Wright, who landed in New York in 1836
Wright Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- John Wright, who came to St. John's, Newfoundland in 1730
Wright Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Anson Wright, who arrived in Canada in 1830
- Thomas Wright, aged 21, a shoemaker, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Margaret" from London
- Frank Wright, aged 25, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Maria" from Cork
Wright Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Thomas Wright, English convict from Dorset, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- William Wright, English convict from Nottingham, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Samuel Wright, Jr., English convict from Cambridge, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
- James Wright, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- Timothy Wright, English convict from Cambridge, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia
Wright Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Charles E Nicol Wright landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- Daniel Wright landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- George Wright landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1840
- John Wright landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Adelaide
- Joseph W Wright landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
- Carolyn D. "C. D." Wright (1949-2016), American multiple award winning poet, 1994 Poet Laureate of the state of Rhode Island, recipient of 1987 Guggenheim Fellowship, 1989 Whiting Award and the 2004 MacArthur Fellowship, winner National Book Critics Circle Award in 2010
- Michael Wright (1980-2015), American-Turkish professional basketball player
- Terrance Michael "T.M." Wright (1947-2015), American author of horror fiction, speculative fiction, and poetry; he wrote over 25 novels, novellas and short stories in his lifetime
- Robin Virginia Wright (b. 1966), American Golden Globe Award winning actress, known for her roles in The Princess Bride (1987), Forrest Gump (1994) and House of Cards (2013)
- James Claude "Jim" Wright Jr., (1922-2015), American politician, 56th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (1987-1989), House Majority Leader (1977-1987)
- Mr. Robert Currie Wright, American 1st Class Passenger from Cleveland, Ohio, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
- Beals Wright (1879-1961), American Olympic gold medalist for tennis at the 1904 Summer Games
- Roy Wright (1919-1959), African American teenage hobo, one of the Scottsboro Boys, accused of rape aboard a train, convicted and finally receiving a full posthumous pardon on November 21, 2013
- Andy Wright (b. 1912), African American teenage hobo, one of the Scottsboro Boys, accused of rape aboard a train, convicted and finally receiving a full posthumous pardon on November 21, 2013
- Jeffrey Wright (b. 1965), award-winning American film, television, and stage actor and film producer
- Wright's 400 Years-Plus: 13 Generation Family by Larry C. Wright.
- Ancestry of William Henry Wright and Wife Poll Ann Royal and Their Descendants by Watie Delfa Wright Ellis.
- Captain William Upshaw, Gent., Planter of Virginia by Sophie W. Upshaw.
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The Wright Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wright Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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