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WRIGHT COAT OF ARMS, NAME ORIGIN, AND SOME HISTORICAL ASPECTS

 

IMPORTANT COMMENTARY CONCERNING THE "ASSUMED" OR, OTHERWISE, THE "TO-BE-ADOPTED" WRIGHT COAT OF ARMS

 

The Wright Coat of Arms or Herald pictured here has not been authenticated as rightfully being presented or belonging to either of the Wright sides of our family. Indeed, if the above Herald is authentic and was properly awarded and registered in Great Britain, it might turn out that it belongs to another Wright family line.

 

Yet, there is a high probability that the Herald might have been designed by a commercial enterprise whose objective was to cater to the desires of the many families in both England and America who hoped to "claim some nobility" or otherwise wished to obtain a family "emblem" by simply purchasing a rendition of a respective Shield or Herald. Indeed, as offered on the Internet today, one might find different designs of a Wright Coat of Arms. (See links referenced below.)

 

As background information on Heraldry, in the early history and development of the British Isles and later Great Britain and its Commonwealth Empire, the process of awarding, designing, and/or registering various Coat of Arms was strictly controlled by the reigning authorities. Even today, it is believed, that certain control of such matters is maintained by respective authorities or governmental agencies in England, Ireland, and Scotland.

 

Years ago while in London, some time was spent visiting the registry office for Heraldry. It was soon obvious that only with accurate and "in-depth" genealogical information at hand could one even begin to compare ones forefathers with those so registered or to whom Heraldry had been officially awarded. Thus, at that time, no specific Coat of Arms was located for either of our Wright family patriarchal lines.

 

Now, in the "meantime," with all that having been said, we might temporarily adopt the above Coat of Arms either until the Heraldry folks in Great Britain might inform us that we have no right to do so or until one of the family's many talented artists designs and presents another "unique" one for our consideration and possible acceptance.

 

And, agreed, on closer inspection, the above image needs a little cleaning and sharpening up here and there; but, nonetheless, its presence here still looks impressive and commands some "formal" attention!

 

(For sure, Heraldry issues notwithstanding, let's not get too serious here. As you all should know by now, the Wrights are known for their humorous approach to certain matters; and, definitely, "Coat-of-Arms" or other issues associated with this Website should not hinder that long-standing tradition.)

 

For your information and convenience concerning "Coats of Arms" topics, some "general" and "Wright-specific" background information might be viewed via these Internet links:

 

Link 1      Link 2      Link 3      Link 4      Link 5      Link 6      Link 7

 

Now, should the above rendition be or become our "adopted" Herald, it is described below along with a brief overview of the origin or background of the Wright name and some other interesting genealogical and historical aspects.

 

Motto

 

"Mens sibi conscia recti"

 

(Latin: "A mind conscious of right")

 

Arms

 

Sable, a Chevron engrailed Argent between three Fleurs-de-lis or,

On a Chief of the Last as many Spear Heads proper.

All within a Bordure wavy Ermine.

 

Crest

 

On a Mount vert and within an Annulet or,

A Dragon's Head couped at the Neck Argent,

Semee of Annulets Sable and murally gorged Gules.

 

Origin and History

 

Of Anglo-Saxon origin, many centuries ago, this name was derived from the Old English word "Wyrhta" which means "worker." The name was often associated with those who worked with wood - being termed as a woodworker, carpenter, or craftsman. On some medieval scrolls or parchments, the name often was "Latinized" to "Faber" having similar meaning. In time, a craftsman who worked in wood and with other materials in various industries might have been known, in their"Anglicanized" forms, as a "wheelwright, millwright, boatwright, shipwright, dockwright, bookwright, clockwright," etc - or just as a "wright." Obviously, through time, some of those "longer-version" surnames were simply shortened to Wright. Among perhaps more surnames, other "Anglicanized" versions of the Old-English "Wyrhta" are Write, Wrighte, and Right.

 

As it is so often difficult to trace some of the ancient families, in this instance, it appears that during early times various branches of the "Wright" family could be found in England, Ireland, and Scotland - and, indeed today, the world over. However, it also has been reported that the early Wrights came from Scotland. Here, in support of such, some of the earliest local records available today reflect that a "Wright" family was first reported to live in the Berwickshire County of Scotland. (On the previous map link, it is the area represented by the number "6" - the county in the lowest right area next to the English border and the German Sea.

 

 

NOTE

 

As has been reportedly genealogically and/or historically researched, in the year 1066 "four 'Wyrhta' (or 'Wright') brothers," (likely as some of his noteworthy warriors), either entered the British Isles with or were recruited locally by "Guillaume I Le C Normandie" ("Duke William of Normandy") - who was later known as "Norman the Conqueror   -   King of England."

 

 

Note: "King Norman" was 42 years old (having been born in 1024) when he invaded the Isles. During that year of 1066 when "Duke William of Normandy" was in the British Isles with his warriors, the great "Battle of Hastings" was fought (beginning on 14 October 1066), which event altered forever the course of British history. For your convenience, some links to Internet sites describing or outlining those interesting events and pivotal times are as follows:

 

Link 1      Link 2      Link 3      Link 4      Link 5      Link 6      Link 7

 

 

Furthermore, recently, as genealogically researched utilizing the vast data bases that are currently available (and yet growing), this "Duke William of Normandy - King of England" is reportedly a 24th great grandfather of Grant Joseph Wright (Sr.) . See this Private Page for a link to Grant's "Relationships" Report.

 

 

Now, turning attention to this continent, as documented, one of the earliest settlers bearing the Wright name to come to the "New World" was a William Wright, who was one of the passengers on the Mayflower in 1620. Also, other families of our surname appear in early Colony records, as follows: A Robert Wright and a Richard Wright, along with their wives and families, settled in Virginia, respectively, in 1623 and1636. Another Richard Wright, along with his wife and daughter, reportedly settled in Massachusetts in 1630.

 

American and British historical records indicate that many individuals, bearing this old family surname were constructive and inventive in the development of both America, England, and/or the United Kingdom. And, today, their descendants are found throughout the world and are well represented in the arts and sciences as well as in the world of business and industry. Some that might be listed here are:

 

Sir Almroth Edward Wright (1861 - 1947) Noted British Bacteriologist and Immunologist / Medical Researcher and Scientist / Developed Typhoid Immunization

Benjamin Wright (1770 - 1842) Of English Descent / Known as Father of American Civil Engineering / Chief Engineer of the Erie and C&O Canals Projects

Frances Wright (1795 - 1852) Of Scottish Descent / American Feminist, Utopian, Reformer and Abolitionist

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867 - 1959) World-Renowned American Architect

Joseph Wright (1734 - 1797) Famous English Genre (Landscape) and Portrait Painter / Offered Membership in the Royal Academy / And, while in Naples, Italy, witnessed the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, which became the subject of many paintings.

Joseph Wright (1855-1930) English Philologist (Linguist) / Specialized in Germanic Languages / Most Famous for Editing the Six-Volume English Dialect Dictionary (Published 1898 to 1905)

Mehetabel (aka "Hetty) Wright (1697 - 1750) American Poet

"Mickey" (Mary Kathryn) Wright (1935 - ) American Golfer / Winner of Nine Major Championships

Philip Quincy Wright (1890 - 1970) Noted American Sociologist and International Lawyer (A Brother to Sewall Green and Theodore Paul Wright, listed next)

Sewall Green Wright (1889 - 1988) Accomplished American Geneticist and Scientist

Theodore Paul Wright (1885 - 1970) Aeronautical Engineer and Educator / President of Cornell University (1951)

"Billy" (William Ambrose) Wright (1867 - 1959) Famous English Soccer Player / First-Ever Player to Represent His Country 100 Times / Best "Non-Disciplinary" Record - "Second to None" / Of 105 International Games played, he served as captain 90 times - 70 consecutively.

 

 

Being direct relatives and thus mentioned here, are Orville and Wilbur Wright (respectively, 1871 - 1948 and 1867 - 1912), those brothers who launched man into flight on 17 December 1903 on the now-famous "Kill Devil Hill" sand dune of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Reportedly, this "ninth-cousins - three-times-removed" relationship for Grant Joseph Wright (Sr.) originates only through his patriarchal line. That Wright (maiden name) patriarchal line of his wife, Vida, might also connect. But, to date, the data have been insufficient to document such. (Concerning some other "direct relationships" relative to our "Wright-Family" patriarchal lines, down to the "14th-cousin" level, see this Private Page for Grant and Vida's "relationships" reports.)

 

 

Note: Doing an Internet search on the "Wright Brothers" turns up several interesting Website links - each with similar as well as different informational presentations. For your convenience, nine are given below.

 

Link 1     Link 2      Link 3      Link 4      Link 5

 

Link 6      Link 7     Link 8     Link 9

 

 

 

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