Cartwright Family History

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Cartwright Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a maker of carts, from Middle English cart(e) + wright ‘craftsman’ (see Wright). The surname is attested from the late 13th century, although the vocabulary word does not occur before the 15th century.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Arkwright, Wainwright, Boatwright, Wright, Cartright, Seabright

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Cartwright Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Cartwright name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Cartwright. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Norway


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Cartwright Family Origin

Where is the Cartwright family from?

Cartwright Family Occupations

What did your Cartwright ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Cartwright occupation in Canada was Farmer. 34% of Cartwright's were Farmers. Farmer, Labourer and Blacksmith were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cartwright. A less common occupation for the Cartwright family was Going To School.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Blacksmith

  • Going To School


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Cartwright ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Cartwright Historical Records

What Cartwright family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 270,000 census records available for the last name Cartwright. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cartwright census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 30,000 immigration records available for the last name Cartwright. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 31,000 military records available for the last name Cartwright. For the veterans among your Cartwright ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cartwright Life Expectancy

What is the average Cartwright lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Cartwright life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Cartwright in 1943 was 35, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Cartwright

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cartwright ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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