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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.

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The surname Bright was 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.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bright Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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
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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
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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
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  • Ronald David "Ronnie" Bright (1938-2015), American R&B and doo wop singer
  • 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
  • Bobby Neal Bright Sr. (b. 1952), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Montgomery, Alabama, 1999-2008; U.S. Representative from Alabama 2nd District, 2009-11
  • 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
  • C. B. Bright Jr., American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Mississippi, 1960
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Bright Historic Events



Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • 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

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Arthur John Bright, aged 41, English Quartermaster from Woolston, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 10
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  • Looking Back: A Family History (including the Bright Family) and Genealogy of and by Hazel Wise Huffman by Hazel Wise Huffman.
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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    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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