Wright Family History and Background

Surnames Derivation: Came from a person who was a worker or maker (commonly of wood). The meaning comes from the Old English word 'wyrhta' which means craftsman.

It was first recorded in Shropshire in 1274.

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Surname Distribution

Census frequency by county

Name Concentrations Within England and Wales

Wright Surname Statistics


Top Professions for the Wright family

Profession Census Frequency
Agricultural Labourer 2,612
Female Servant 2,058
Independent 1,358
Labourer 871
Male Servant 790
Farmer 782
Shoe Maker 416
Ag Labourer 341
Carpenter 252
Tailor 245
Coal Miner 213
Dress Maker 205
Blacksmith 191
Weaver 173
Apprentice 161
Cotton Weaver 149
Butcher 135
Gardener 135
Joiner 126
Frame Work Knitter 121
Silk Weaver 116
Servant 114
Pauper 108
Publican 107
Pupil 106

Wright Surname Variants Ranking

Rank Surname Match Census Frequency
1 Wright 100% 669,151
2 Wraight 86% 4,989
3 Right 83% 2,445
4 Write 50% 1,370
5 Wirght 67% 892
6 Ewright 86% 353
7 Rite 33% 148

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