Brighton Family History

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Brighton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Breighton in East Yorkshire, on the river Derwent. This place is named with Old English beorht ‘bright’ or an unattested personal name Beohta + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. The surname is unlikely to derive from Brighton in Sussex, which was known as Brighthelmestone until the end of the 18th century.

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

Similar surnames: Heighton, Deighton, Brinton, Boughton, Creighton, Knighton, Leighton

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Brighton Family Origin

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Brighton Family Occupations

What did your Brighton ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Brighton occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 9% of Brighton's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Brighton. A less common occupation for the Brighton family was Bricklayer.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Bricklayer


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

Brighton Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 34,000 census records available for the last name Brighton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Brighton 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Brighton. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Brighton. For the veterans among your Brighton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Brighton Life Expectancy

What is the average Brighton lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Brighton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1980, and highest in 1972. The average life expectancy for Brighton in 1963 was 77, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Brighton

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