Wright name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Wright mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Wright

User Submitted Origins

African American

User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to a user from Pennsylvania, U.S., the name Wright means "Wright is an English name".
  2. A user from New York, U.S. says the name Wright means "The best things in life".
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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)
  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

Notable Persons Named Wright

Wright King

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

Wright Patman

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.

Wright Thompson

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

Wright Mahdi Bray

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).

Wright Massey

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

Wright Anderson

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


Notable Persons With the Last Name Wright

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.

Robin Wright

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.

Frank Lloyd Wright

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.

Erykah Badu

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.

Jeffrey Wright

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.

Edgar Wright

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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    Game Design
  • Jay Wright
    College Coach
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    Television and Radio Presenter
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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

  • What name lists does Wright rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Wright? Wright is the 8,391st 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 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,498 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 1924 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Wright is not a popular baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 9 babies in Texas have the same name in 1924.
  • Weird things about the name Wright: The name spelled backwards is Thgirw. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Ihrgtw. 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!
  • Wright name meaning

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