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Brightman Coat of Arms / Brightman Family Crest

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A family called BRIGHTMAN trace their ancestry back to Henry Bright (died 1626) master of the King's School, Worcestershire. His descendants became wealthy bankers in Bristol. It was originally a baptismal name 'the son of Bricht'. The name was found in the Domesday Book in Suffolk as Albrecht in 1086. Early records also mention Brictus le Blake recorded during the reign of Edward 1 (1272-1307). William Bryght was prior of Peterston, County Norfolk in the year 1393. William Bright of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. An eminent member of the name was Timothy Bright (1551-1615) the English inventor, doctor and clergyman, born in Yorkshire. He abandoned medicine for the church, and in 1588 was granted a teaching patent for a system of shorthand he had invented. Richard Bright (1789-1858). English physician, born in Bristol. He studied at Edinburgh, London, Berlin and Vienna, and from 1820 was connected with Guy's Hospital. He made many important medical observations, and wrote numerous dissertations. Since the dawn of civilisation the need to communicate has been a prime drive of all higher mankind. The more organised the social structure became, the more urgent the need to name places, objects and situations essential to the survival and existence of the social unit. From this common stem arose the requirements to identify families, tribes and individual members evolving into a pattern in evidence today. In the formation of this history, common usage of customs, trades, locations, patronymic and generic terms were often adopted as surnames. The demands of bureaucracy formally introduced by feudal lords in the 11th century, to define the boundaries and families within their fiefdoms, crystallized the need for personal identification and accountability, and surnames became in general use from this time onwards. John Bright born in 1811 was the British Radical statesman and orator, born in Rochdale , son of a Quaker cotton-spinner. In 1843, he became MP for Durham. He exerted a considerable influence on the Unionist party and was regarded as one of the most eloquent speakers of his time. He died in 1889. Jospeh Minus married Grace Bright at St. Michael, Cornhill, London in 1727.

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