Brite History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The origins of the Brite name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from 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. "Beorht was the name of a Northumbrian ealdorman who was slain by the Picts, A.D. 699. " 
The Anglo Saxon word beort, means brilliant, illustrious. 
Early Origins of the Brite family
The surname Brite 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.
Important Dates for the Brite family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brite research. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1882, 1551, 1615, 1588, 1619, 1688, 1619, 1643, 1654 and 1655 are included under the topic Early Brite History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Brite Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Brite were recorded, including Bright, Brite and others.
Early Notables of the Brite family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Timothie Bright, M.D. (1551?-1615), an early British physician and clergyman, the inventor of modern shorthand. He is thought to have been born near Sheffield. "The art of writing by signs originated among the Greeks. Few specimens of Greek shorthand are extant, and little is known on the subject. From the Greeks the knowledge of the art passed to the Romans, among whom it was introduced by Cicero, who devised many characters, which were termed notæ Tironianæ, from Cicero's freedman Tiro, a great proficient in the art. In the darkness which overwhelmed the world...
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Brite migration to the United States
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Brite family emigrate to North America:
Typical Brite Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Brite Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- James Brite, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 
- John Brite, who landed in Maryland in 1678 
Contemporary Notables of the name Brite (post 1700)
- Burton Brite, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1960 
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- ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html