Brightman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Brightman came from the baptismal name Brichtman. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.
Early Origins of the Brightman family
The surname Brightman was first found in Suffolk, where the name first appeared in the Domesday Book where a Saxon landholder "Brihtmanus"  was listed. Early in the history of the family, they branched to nearby Norfolk, where John Brithman was registered in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273.  The Subsidy Rolls of Essex in 1327 list Robert Brightman 
Early History of the Brightman family
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Brightman Spelling Variations
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. Brightman has been recorded under many different variations, including Brightman, Briteman, Brihtman, Bryteman, Brihtmanus and many more.
Early Notables of the Brightman family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Thomas Brightman (1562-1607), English clergyman and biblical scholar. Born at Nottingham, he was admitted a pensioner at Queens' College, Cambridge, in 1576, and later became fellow in 1584. "His desire was to die a sudden death. Riding on a coach with Sir John Osborne...
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 Brightman or a variant listed above:
Brightman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Brightman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Brightman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Brightman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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