Origin of the Name Wright
The ancient history of the name Wright
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Wright is an occupational name meaning 'carpenter' from a person who made their living as a shipwright. Variants of this name include Wrightson, Wrighte, Wrixon, Wraight, Wreight and Wrate. This name is of Anglo-Saxon English descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are a Robert le Wright, a Roger le Wricte, and a Margery le Wrytte, all of County Cambridgeshire, who were recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in 1273. A Ralf le Wrighte was Burgess of Stirling, Scotland, in 1296. A Robert Wreghtson was recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire in 1379.
In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century. It was the 'Plantations of Ireland' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that marked the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland. While the influx of settlers in the wake of the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.
It is also found in some numbers in County Dublin.
The Wright coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Wright descendants.