Brightman Family History

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Brightman Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a servant of a man called Bright’, or a variant of Bright 1.

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

Similar surnames: Richman, Wightman, Brighton, Bright, Brickman, Lichtman, Kreitman

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Brightman Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Brightman name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Brightman. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • France


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Brightman Family Origin

Where is the Brightman family from?

Brightman Family Occupations

What did your Brightman ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Gardener were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Brightman. A less common occupation for the Brightman family was Annuitant. The most common Brightman occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 10% of Brightman's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Gardener

  • Annuitant


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Brightman ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Brightman Historical Records

What Brightman family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 28,000 census records available for the last name Brightman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Brightman 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Brightman. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Brightman. For the veterans among your Brightman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Brightman Life Expectancy

What is the average Brightman lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Brightman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Brightman in 1947 was 45, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Brightman

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Brightman ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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