WRIGHT - Name Meaning & Origin

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WRIGHT Surname Meaning & Origin:

Wright is an occupational surname meaning "craftsman, builder," from the Old English wryhta meaning "worker."

Wright is the 34th most popular surname in the United States and the 14th most common surname in England.

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Genealogy Resources for the Surname WRIGHT:

100 Most Common U.S. Surnames & Their Meanings
Smith, Johnson, Williams, Jones, Brown... Are you one of the millions of Americans sporting one of these top 100 common last names from the 2000 census?

The Wright Family Genealogy
A Web site dedicated to the descendants of William Wright (1707-1776) and his wife, Margaret. They were the original American patriarch and matriarch of a Scotch-Irish "Wright" family, who resided much of their lives in Augusta Co, Virginia.

Wright DNA Project
Wright men (women don't carry Y-DNA) are invited to join this project to help match individual and families who share a common male ancestor of the Wright surname.

Wright Family Genealogy Forum
Search this popular genealogy forum for the Wright surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Wright query.

FamilySearch - WRIGHT Genealogy
Find records, queries, and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Wright surname and its variations.

WRIGHT Surname & Family Mailing Lists
RootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Wright surname.

Cousin Connect - WRIGHT Genealogy Queries
Read or post genealogy queries for the surname Wright, and sign up for free notification when new Wright queries are added.

DistantCousin.com - WRIGHT Genealogy & Family History
Free databases and genealogy links for the last name Wright.

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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