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Early Origins of the Brito family

The surname Brito was first found in Castille, in northern Spain. The name most likely came to Spain from Portugal, where there are numerous places so named.

Early History of the Brito family

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Brito Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Britto, Brito and others.

Early Notables of the Brito family

Prominent among members of the family

  • Estéban de Brito who lived about 1625. He was musical director at the cathedrals of Badajos and Malaga, and composer of motets, etc. preserved in the King of Portugal's library. [1] Don Pedro Brit...
  • John de Britto, SJ (also spelled Brito; Portuguese: João de Brito), also known as Arul Anandar, (born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1647 and died at Orur, India in 1693) was a Portuguese Jesuit missionary an...

Brito Ranking

In the United States, the name Brito is the 3,056th most popular surname with an estimated 9,948 people with that name. [2]


United States Brito migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brito Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Gonzalo Brito, who is on record in Central America in 1583
Brito Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Lucia Brito, who arrived in New Orleans in 1778 in a wave of emigration from the Canary Islands
Brito Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • R. Brito, who arrived at the port of New Orleans in 1857, most likely from Cuba
  • R Brito, aged 28, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1857 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Brito (post 1700) +

  • Mike Brito (1934-2022), Cuban-American baseball scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers for nearly 45 years
  • Jerry Brito, American libertarian, entrepreneur and creator/editor of liberzine.com
  • Max Brito (1971-2022), Ivorian rugby union player on the Ivory Coast rugby team; he was paralyzed after a game at the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa
  • Bianca Maria Santana de Brito (b. 1984), Brazilian writer, researcher, journalist and teacher
  • Jorge Horacio Brito (1952-2020), Argentine banker and businessman, CEO of Argentina's largest bank, Banco Macro
  • María Eugenia Brito, Chilean poet, and professor of Literature at the University of Chile
  • Luís Miguel Brito, Portuguese footballer
  • Federico Brito Figueroa (1921-2000), Venezuelan historian and anthropologist

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. José Joaquim Brito (d. 1912), aged 32, Portuguese Second Class passenger from Madeira, Portugal who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [4]


  1. Grove, Sir George, A Dictionary of Music and Musicians (AD. 1450-1889) London: Macmillan1902, Print, 2 Vols
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?". NameCensus.com, https://namecensus.com/last-names/
  3. 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)
  4. Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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