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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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Bright Family Origin

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Bright Family Occupations

What did your Bright ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Bright occupation in the USA was Farmer. 37% of Bright's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Bright family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bright.

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  • Farmer

    37%
  • Laborer

    9%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Farm Laborer

    5%

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

Bright Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Bright. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bright 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Bright. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 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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Bright Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bright 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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