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Wainwright Name Meaning

English (Lancashire Yorkshire and Cheshire): occupational name for a maker of carts or wagons from Middle English wain-wright ‘wagon-builder cart-maker’ (Old English wægn-wyrhta).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Cartwright, Arkwright, Boatwright, Wheelwright, Wright, Wainright

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Where is the Wainwright family from?

You can see how Wainwright families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wainwright family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wainwright families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 77 Wainwright families living in Ontario. This was about 48% of all the recorded Wainwright's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Wainwright families in 1911.
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What did your Wainwright ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Labourer and Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Wainwright. 17% of Wainwright men worked as a Labourer and 24% of Wainwright women worked as an Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wainwright were Manager and Stenographer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Labourer
  • Farmer
  • Engineer
  • Manager

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Operator
  • Housekeeper
  • Bookkeeper
  • Stenographer
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There are 134,000 census records available for the last name Wainwright. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wainwright census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Wainwright. 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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There are 14,000 military records available for the last name Wainwright. For the veterans among your Wainwright ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wainwright lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Wainwright life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Wainwright in 1941 was 34, and 74 in 2004.

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