Wynwright History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Wynwright name was originally an Anglo-Saxon name that was given to a wainwright or wagon builder. The surname Wynwright is derived from the Old English word wægnwyrhta, which means wainwright. [1] [2] "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]

Early Origins of the Wynwright family

The surname Wynwright 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]

Early History of the Wynwright family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wynwright research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1568, 1577, 1678 and 1592 are included under the topic Early Wynwright History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wynwright 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 Wynwright has undergone many spelling variations, including Wainwright, Waynewright, Wainright, Wayn and others.

Early Notables of the Wynwright family (pre 1700)

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wynwright Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Wynwright family

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 Wynwright were among those contributors: Hester Wainewright who settled in Barbados in 1682; William Wainright settled in Barbados in 1654; John Wainright settled in Pennsylvania in 1773; Mary and John Wainwright settled in New York N.Y. in 1821.



  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)


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