name Brighouse comes from when the family resided in Brighouse, a hamlet in the West Riding of Yorkshire.
from ancient times.
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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Brighouse has been recorded under many different variations, including Brighouse, Bridgehouse, Brigehouse, Brighos, Briggehuses, Brighous, Bryghowse and many more.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Brighouse or a variant listed above: Lawrence Brighos who arrived in Maryland in 1677.