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BRIGHT Family History

This is a Medieval English nickname or given name meaning 'bright', 'fair' or 'beautiful'. The name derives from the Olde English pre 7th century 'beorht' meaning 'bright' or 'shining'. It may also be a short form of the Olde English personal name Beorhthelm - a compound of the elements 'beorht' - bright and 'helm' a helmet. The surname is first recorded in the mid 13th century. Alternate spellings of the name have included le Brythe (1278) and Brite (1279). One Adam Bright appears in the 1296 'Subsidy Rolls of Sussex'. An interesting name bearer was Richard Bright (1789-1858) a physician who diagnosed and gave his name to Bright's disease...

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