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The name Bright is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the village of Bright, in Cheshire. The name could have also been a nickname for someone who was bright or fair, or it could have been from the Old English word beorht which means bright.
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Bright has been spelled many different ways, including Bright, Brite and others.
First found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bright research. Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1882, 1551, 1615, 1619 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Bright History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bright Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Brights to arrive in North America:
Bright Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Francis Bright who came to Salem, Massachusetts in 1629
- Francis Bright, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1629
- Henry Bright settled in New England in 1630
- Henry Bright, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1632
- Henry, Bright Jr., who landed in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1642
Bright Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Michael Bright, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1726
- William Bright settled in New England in 1747
Bright Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Edward Bright, who arrived in New York in 1822
- Robert Bright, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1829
- Andrew Jackson Bright, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1895
Bright Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Moses Bright U.E who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 178 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York
- Mrs. Elizabeth Bright U.E who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 297 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York
Bright Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Bright, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- John Edward Bright arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837
- William Bright arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Lowry" in 1848
- William Bright arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Susannah" in 1849
- James Bright, aged 53, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Money" in 1849
Bright Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Samuel Bright arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864
- Mary Bright arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864
- Susan Bright arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864
- Hannah Bright arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864
- Annie Bright arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864
- Ronald David "Ronnie" Bright (1938-2015), American R&B and doo wop singer
- Nicholas Bright (1956-1988), American Businessman from Brookline, Massachusetts, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
- Susannah "Susie" Bright (b. 1958), American writer, speaker, teacher, audio-show host, and performer
- Johnny D. Bright (1930-1983), American-born, Canadian CFL football player, inductee into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame
- Ronnell Bright (b. 1930), American jazz pianist
- Jesse David Bright (1812-1875), American politician, 9th Lieutenant Governor of Indiana
- Arthur W. Bright, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1948; Democratic Candidate for U.S. Representative from Tennessee 1st District, 1954, 1958
- Arlen Bright, American Republican politician, Chair of Menominee County Republican Party, 2007
- Amos Bright, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1912
- Bobby Neal Bright Sr. (b. 1952), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Montgomery, Alabama, 1999-2008; U.S. Representative from Alabama 2nd District, 2009-11
- Looking Back: A Family History (including the Bright Family) and Genealogy of and by Hazel Wise Huffman by Hazel Wise Huffman.
- Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
- Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
- The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
- Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
- Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
- Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
- Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
- Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
- Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
- Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
The Bright Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bright Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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