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  • Unnamed boy Wright (c.1573 - d.)
  • Abel Wright (1631 - 1725)
    Birth: 10 JAN 1631 in England Immigration: BEF 1655 Residence: 1653/54 Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts Residence: 1655 Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts Event: Freeman 19 DEC 1690 Springfield, Ha...
  • Abigail Holbrook (1622 - 1712)
    Abigail Wright was born 1622 in England and died 18 May 1712 in Milton, Norfolk County, Massachusetts. She is buried in the Milton Cemetery. Robert Sharp was her 1st husband. When Robert died at Mudd...
  • Abigail Wright (1645 - 1707)
  • Abigail Wright (Flagg) (1681 - 1768)

About the Wright surname


Recorded in several spellings including the popular Wright, as well as the much rarer forms of Wrighte, Wraight, Wraighte, Wreight, Wrate, and patronymics Wrightson and Wrixon, this is an early English surname. It is occupational and was used to describe a maker of machinery or objects, mostly in wood. The derivation is from the Olde English pre 7th century word 'wyrhta' meaning a craftsman, itself from the verb 'wyrcan', meaning to work or construct as in wheelwright, cartwright, millwright and wainwright. When 'wyrhta' was used on its own, it often referred to a builder of windmills or watermills. Perhaps not surprisingly this is one of the first occupational surnames to be recorded, and early examples include Robert Wricht of Shropshire in 1274 and Thomas le Wrighte of Derbyshire in 1327. Later examples of the surname recording include Joan Wright and Richard Trevesse who were married on May 29th 1552, at the church of St. Lawrence Jewry, in the city of London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Patere le Writh. This was dated 1214, in the tax rolls known as the "Feet of Fines" for the county of Sussex. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

Notable profiles

  1. Sir John Wright of Kelvedon Hall


  1. The Wright Family project