This article is about the name Wainwright. For other uses, see
Region of origin
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. People with the name include: 
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Adam Wainwright (born 1981), American baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals
Alfred Wainwright (1907–1991), writer of guide books to the fells of the English Lake District, including List of Wainwrights
Charles S. Wainwright (1826–1907), American artillery officer during the American Civil War
George L. Wainwright, Jr. (born 1943), American judge, Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court
Geoffrey Wainwright (born 1939), British Methodist theologian
Harry Wainwright Locomotive, Carriage and Wagon Superintendent of the South Eastern and Chatham Railway
Helen Wainwright, American diver and freestyle swimmer
Henry Wainwright (died 1875), English brushmaker and murderer
Hilary Wainwright (born 1949), British socialist and feminist
Jonathan M. Wainwright (1792-1854), b. Liverpool, England, Americal Episcopal Bishop and father of Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright II
Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright II (1821-1863), Lieutenant in the United States Navy during the US Civil War, father of Jonathan Wainwright, Jr. (III) and Robert Powell Page Wainwright, grandfather of Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV. Master
Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright, Jr. (III), (1849-1870), Officer in the United States Navy and son of Commander Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright II.
Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV (1883–1953), United States Army general during World War II, Recipient of the Medal of Honor, Japanese Prisoner of War, and the last "fighting general."
Loudon Wainwright III (born 1946), American songwriter, folk singer, humorist, actor, father of Martha and Rufus Wainwright
Louie L. Wainwright, Secretary of Florida Division of Corrections; respondent in Gideon v. Wainwright and other famous Supreme Court cases
Lyndon Wainwright, English ballroom and Latin exhibition dancer.
Maci Wainwright (born 1990), American country music singer-songwriter and guitarist
Mark Wainwright, Australian academic
Martha Wainwright (born 1976), Canadian-American singer-songwriter, daughter of Loudon Wainwright III
Michael Wainwright (musician), Canadian musician
Richard Wainwright (politician) (1918–2003), British Liberal politician
Richard Wainwright (Civil War naval officer) (1817–1862), United States Navy Commander, father of Admiral Richard Wainwright
Richard Wainwright (Spanish-American War naval officer) (1849–1926), United States Navy Admiral, son of Commander Richard Wainwright
Richard Wainwright (World War I naval officer) (1881–1944), United States Navy Commander, son of Admiral Richard Wainwright
Rob Wainwright (rugby union) (born 1965), rugby union player, capped 37 times for Scotland (captain 16 times) and once for the British Lions
Robert Powell Page Wainwright (1852-1902), Major in the United States Army, father of Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV.
Rufus Wainwright (born 1973), Canadian-American singer-songwriter, son of Loudon Wainwright III
Sally Wainwright, English dramatist and television writer William Wainwright, British musician better known under his artist name
William Orbit. Other aliases include Wayne Wright
Ted Wainwright, English cricketer
William L. Wainwright, American politician, member of the North Carolina General Assembly
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