Wainwright (name)

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This article is about the name Wainwright. For other uses, see Wainwright.
Family name
Meaning "wagon builder"
Region of origin England
Related names Wainewright, Wainright, Waynewright, Wainwrigt and Winwright.

Wainwright is an Anglo-Saxon occupational surname derived from the pre-7th century Old English word waegnwyrhta. The prefix, "waeg(e)n/waen, refers to a vehicle/wagon, common in its time as being horse-driven and four-wheeled. The suffix, wyrhta/wright, refers to a maker/builder. The earliest public record of the name dates to 1237 in Essex. There are many variations.[1] People with the name include:



  1. ^ "Surname: Wainwright". surnamedb.com. Retrieved 2008-04-09.