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The WRIGHT surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 440,367 34 0.163 1,632
United States (1880 census) 108,154 26 0.216 2,163
Change since 1880 +332213 -8 -0.053 -531
Other Countries
Australia 23,550 27 0.144 1,441
United Kingdom 125,574 13 0.273 2,734

'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Classification and Origin of WRIGHT

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Occupational Name

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the WRIGHT surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the WRIGHT surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of WRIGHT in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 300,771 68.3
Black/African American 120,484 27.36
Mixed Race 7,706 1.75
White (Hispanic) 6,694 1.52
Native American/Alaskan 2,906 0.66
Asian/Pacific 1,761 0.4

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the WRIGHT surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of WRIGHT in historical publications

CART WRIGHT. See under Wright. CARTY. The Irish M'Carthy. CARVER. The occupation.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to WRIGHT

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as WRIGHT.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for WRIGHT

The following words are slight variants of WRIGHT that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.