Where did the English bright family come from? What is the English coat of arms/family crest? When did the bright family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name bright include Bright, Brite and others.
First found in Cheshire where they were seated from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them travelled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name bright or a variant listed above: Francis Bright who settled in Salem, Mass. in 1629; Henry Bright settled in New England in 1630; John Bright settled in Virginia in 1651; Robert Bright settled in Virginia in 1653.
Suggested Readings for the name bright
* Looking Back: A Family History (including the Bright Family) and Genealogy of and by Hazel Wise Huffman by Hazel Wise Huffman.
Some noteworthy people of the name bright
* Richard J. Bright, American actor.
* William Bright (1928-2006), American Linguist, Professor of Linguistics at UCLA (1959-1988)
* Sir Charles Tilston Bright, British electrical engineer who oversaw the laying of the first transatlantic telegraph cable
* John Bright (1811-1889), British politician
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