Wright

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Origin and Meaning of Wright

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Wright
One who is engaged in a mechanical or manufacturing business; an artificer; a workman; a manufacturer; a mechanic; esp., a worker in wood; -- now chiefly used in compounds, as in mill wright, wheel wright, etc.

Etymology: OE. wrighte writhe, AS. wyrtha, fr. wyrcean to work. √145. See Work

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Someone who makes or repairs something (usually used in combination)
  2. United States early feminist (born in Scotland) (1795-1852)
  3. Influential United States architect (1869-1959)
  4. United States aviation pioneer who (with his brother Wilbur Wright) invented the airplane (1871-1948)
  5. United States aviation pioneer who (with his brother Orville Wright) invented the airplane (1867-1912)
  6. United States writer whose work is concerned with the oppression of African Americans (1908-1960)
  7. United States writer of detective novels (1888-1939)
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  1. A British occupational surname​ from a maker of machinery; found in many combinations such as Cartwright.
  2. An American surname; also a confused anglicization of the French le droit.

Notable Persons Named Wright

Wright King is an actor. Wright was born on January 11th, 1923 in Oklahoma, USA.

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Wright Patman was a Dean of the United States House of Representatives. He was most active from 1929 to 1976. Wright was born on August 6th, 1893 in Hughes Springs, Texas. He died on March 7th, 1976.

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Wright Thompson is a writer. Wright was born on September 9th, 1976 in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

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Wright Mahdi Bray is an executive director. Wright was given the name Wright Bray in 1950. Wright is also known as Wrighty Bray, Jr.;, Wright Bray IV;, Herbert Bray, Bray, Wright (birth name); Bray, and Wright Mahdi (full name).

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Wright Massey is a chief executive officer, ceo, and brand architecture inc. Wright was born on June 21st, 1953 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

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Wright was born on April 14th, 1947 in Burgaw, North Carolina. Wright is also known as Coach Anderson.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Wright

Eazy-E was a gangsta rap and west coast hip hop ceo, rapping, record producer, and executive producer. He was most active from 1986 to 1995. Eazy-E was given the name Eric Lynn Wright on September 7th, 1964 in Compton, California, U.S. He left this life on March 26th, 1995.

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Robin Wright is an actress and director. Her ongoing career started in 1983. Robin was given the name Robin Gayle Wright on April 8th, 1966 in Dallas, Texas, United States. Robin is also known as Robin Wright Penn.

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Frank Lloyd Wright was an architect. Frank was born on June 8th, 1867 in Richland Center, Wisconsin, U.S. He breathed his last breath on April 9th, 1959.

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Erykah Badu is a musician, singer-songwriter-activist, producer, and actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1996 to present. Erykah was given the name Erica Abi Wright on February 26th, 1971 in Dallas, Texas, United States.

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Jeffrey Wright is an actor. They have had major accomplishments since 1990. Jeffrey was born on December 7th, 1965 in Washington, D.C., U.S.

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Edgar Wright is a director, producer, screenwriter, and actor. He was most active from 1994 to present. Edgar was given the name Edgar Howard Wright on April 18th, 1974 in Poole.

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How popular is the baby name Wright in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 5 0 5
1881 5 0 5
1883 10 0 10
1884 8 0 8
1885 9 0 9
1886 5 0 5
1887 6 0 6
1888 8 0 8
1889 6 0 6
1890 6 0 6
1891 10 0 10
1892 13 0 13
1893 10 0 10
1894 8 0 8
1896 5 0 5
1897 10 0 10
1898 8 0 8
1899 14 0 14
1900 7 0 7
1901 8 0 8
1902 5 0 5
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1904 7 0 7
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1907 12 0 12
1908 6 0 6
1909 13 0 13
1910 10 0 10
1911 12 0 12
1912 21 0 21
1913 18 0 18
1914 28 0 28
1915 35 0 35
1916 28 0 28
1917 24 0 24
1918 18 0 18
1919 28 0 28
1920 22 0 22
1921 30 0 30
1922 24 0 24
1923 29 0 29
1924 27 0 27
1925 28 0 28
1926 15 0 15
1927 25 0 25
1928 24 0 24
1929 16 0 16
1930 14 0 14
1931 24 0 24
1932 15 0 15
1933 18 0 18
1934 14 0 14
1935 17 0 17
1936 14 0 14
1937 7 0 7
1938 11 0 11
1939 13 0 13
1940 22 0 22
1941 14 0 14
1942 10 0 10
1943 16 0 16
1944 15 0 15
1945 10 0 10
1946 9 0 9
1947 17 0 17
1948 12 0 12
1949 19 0 19
1950 17 0 17
1951 13 0 13
1952 9 0 9
1953 8 0 8
1954 12 0 12
1955 12 0 12
1956 12 0 12
1957 10 0 10
1958 13 0 13
1959 9 0 9
1960 15 0 15
1961 8 0 8
1962 10 0 10
1963 11 0 11
1964 9 0 9
1965 8 0 8
1966 11 0 11
1967 7 0 7
1968 9 0 9
1969 7 0 7
1970 13 0 13
1972 10 0 10
1973 9 0 9
1975 5 0 5
1976 6 0 6
1981 6 0 6
1982 6 0 6
1983 6 0 6
1984 6 0 6
1985 7 0 7
1987 8 0 8
1988 5 0 5
1989 6 0 6
1991 6 0 6
1992 8 0 8
1994 9 0 9
1995 10 0 10
1996 6 0 6
1999 5 0 5
2001 9 0 9
2006 10 0 10
2008 8 0 8
2009 12 0 12
2010 6 0 6
2011 11 0 11
2012 16 0 16
2013 13 0 13
2014 8 0 8
2015 13 0 13
2016 14 0 14
2017 29 0 29
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Popularity of Wright as a first name

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Popularity of Wright as a last name

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Common last names for Wright

  • Smith
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Johnson
  • Turner
  • Jackson
  • Collins
  • Bailey

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Wright U.S.
  White 65.80% 64.26%
  African American 28.23% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.51% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.69% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.41% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.36% 16.26%

Of Last Name Wright

People with the last name Wright are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Wright

  • How Popular is the name Wright? Wright is the 8,253rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Wright was the 35th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Wright have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,467 babies born with the first name Wright in the United States. That's more than enough people named Wright to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Wright? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Wright first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Wright is Friday, August 18th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Wright born? The highest recorded use of the first name Wright was in 1915 with a total of 35 babies.
  • Random Wright Factoid: According to the 1931 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Wright is not a popular baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 1931.
  • Weird things about the name Wright: Your name in reverse order is Thgirw. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Twrhig. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Wright? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 458,980 people with the last name Wright.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Wright? Wright was ranked as the 35th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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