Brightmore is an ancient Anglo-Saxon
name that is derived from the baptismal name Brichtmar.
Bricmore was a scholar at Oxford in the 14th century. 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 Brightmore family
The surname Brightmore was first found in Suffolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times. The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 listed John Brihmar in Norfolk
, and Harvey Brithnor and Martin Brithnor in Cambridgeshire
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Brightmore family
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Brightmore Spelling Variations
Brightmore has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Brightmore have been found, including Brightmore, Britemore, Brihtmore, Brihtmer, Brictmer, Brithmar, Brithnor, Britmar, Brightmer, Brithmere, Brykmare and many more.
Early Notables of the Brightmore family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brightmore family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Brightmores to arrive on North American shores: a number of settlers who arrived in the New World by the 19th century.
Contemporary Notables of the name Brightmore (post 1700)
- Robert Brightmore, English concert guitarist, teacher at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, England
- Leo Brightmore, film actor