Bright Family History

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Bright Name Meaning

English: from a Middle English nickname or personal name, meaning ‘bright’, ‘fair’, ‘pretty’, from Old English beorht ‘bright’, ‘shining’. English: from a short form of any of several Old English personal names of which beorht was the first element, such as Beorhthelm ‘bright helmet’. Compare Bert. Americanized form of German Brecht. Americanized spelling of German Breit.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Wright, Knight, Light, Bligh, Britt, Brecht, Brighton, Ebright

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Bright Family Origin

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Bright Family Occupations

What did your Bright ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Bright. 8% of Bright men worked as a General Labourer and 66% of Bright women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bright were Bricklayer and Private Means

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Bricklayer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Private Means

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Bright Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 267,000 census records available for the last name Bright. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bright census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 20,000 immigration records available for the last name Bright. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 37,000 military records available for the last name Bright. For the veterans among your Bright ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bright Life Expectancy

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Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Bright life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Bright in 1941 was 39, and 71 in 2004.

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