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Bright Family History

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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Where is the Bright family from?

You can see how Bright families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bright family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bright families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 1,183 Bright families living in London. This was about 18% of all the recorded Bright's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Bright families in 1891.
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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 United Kingdom 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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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    8%
  • Builders Labourer
    4%
  • Incapacitated
    3%
  • Bricklayer
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    66%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Private Means
    2%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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 Cards

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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What is the average Bright lifespan?

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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