The noun wright is defined as "a worker skilled in the manufacture especially of wooden objects." The Old English wryhta means "worker" or "maker" and is related to wrought, which once served as the past participle of our verb work.
Among the many Wrights in history were brothers Orville and Wilbur, who were known for making a few things that got off the ground.
As a word, wright is used chiefly in combination to form such compounds as shipwright and wheelwright. A playwright doesn't make things out of wood, but does produce plays for the stage. And words such as cartwright (one who builds carts) and wainwright (one who makes wagons) are themselves common last names, as the woman who voices Bart Simpson (Nancy Cartwright) or the familial singers Loudon, Martha, and Rufus Wainwright can tell you.