Wrong History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Wrong is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Wrong family lived in Cambridgeshire, at Wrench.

Early Origins of the Wrong family

The surname Wrong was first found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Haddenham. Conjecturally they are descended from one of seven Freemen who held this village from the Abbot of Ely. Haddenham was included in the Domesday Book, [1] a census taken in 1086 and initiated by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Wrong family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wrong research. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wrong History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wrong Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Rench, Wrench, Renche, Wrenche and others.

Early Notables of the Wrong family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Wrong Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Wrong migration to the United States +

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Wrong or a variant listed above:

Wrong Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mary Wrong, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 [2]

Canada Wrong migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wrong Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Wrong U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1786 he served in the Marine Department [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Wrong (post 1700) +

  • Dennis Hume Wrong (b. 1923), Canadian-born, American sociologist, and emeritus professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology at New York University
  • Oliver Murray Wrong (1925-2012), British academic nephrologist, one of the founders of the specialty in the United Kingdom
  • Edward Murray Wrong (1889-1928), British historian, Vice-President of Magdalen College, Oxford (1924-1925), grandfather of Michela Wrong
  • Michela Wrong (b. 1961), British journalist and author
  • Humphrey Hume Wrong (1894-1954), Canadian historian, professor, diplomat, Canadian Ambassador to the United States
  • George MacKinnon Wrong FRSC (1860-1948), Canadian clergyman and historian, grandfather of Dennis Wrong


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X


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