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What does the name Bright mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Bright

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  • A submission from Senegal says the name Bright means "Shiny,wisdom and inspiring" and is of English origin.
  • A submission from Ghana says the name Bright means "Intelligent,wisdom,shiny" and is of English origin.
  • According to a user from United Kingdom, the name Bright is of English origin and means "It comes from the Old English Beorht or Byrht meaning Bright (so there is a surprise) and has been recorded in history since about 850AD. The most famous person with teh original name is Bryhtnoth, Earldoman of Essex who lost a major battle against the Danes at Maldon. There was also a Beorhtwulf of Mercia who was a minor King.".
  • A submission from Zimbabwe says the name Bright means "Illumination , light, wisdom".

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Bright
See Brite (v. i.)
adjective Bright
  1. Radiating or reflecting light; shedding or having much light; shining; luminous; not dark."The sun was bright o'erhead." [Longfellow.]"The earth was dark, but the heavens were bright." [Drake.]"The public places were as bright as at noonday." [Macaulay.]
  2. Transmitting light; clear; transparent."From the brightest wines He 'd turn abhorrent." [Thomson.]
  3. Having qualities that render conspicuous or attractive, or that affect the mind as light does the eye; resplendent with charms; as, bright beauty." Bright as an angel new-dropped from the sky." [Parnell.]
  4. Having a clear, quick intellect; intelligent.
  5. Sparkling with wit; lively; vivacious; shedding cheerfulness and joy around; cheerful; cheery."Be bright and jovial among your guests." [Shak.]
  6. Illustrious; glorious."In the brightest annals of a female reign." [Cotton.]
  7. Manifest to the mind, as light is to the eyes; clear; evident; plain."That he may with more ease, with brighter evidence, and with surer success, draw the bearner on." [I. Watts.]
  8. Of brilliant color; of lively hue or appearance."Here the bright crocus and blue violet grew." [Pope.]
    synonyms: Shining; splending; luminous; lustrous; brilliant; resplendent; effulgent; refulgent; radiant; sparkling; glittering; lucid; beamy; clear; transparent; illustrious; witty; clear; vivacious; sunny.

Note: Bright is used in composition in the sense of brilliant, clear, sunny, etc.; as, bright-eyed, bright-haired, bright-hued.

Etymology: OE. briht, AS. beorht briht; akin to OS. berht, OHG. beraht, Icel. bjartr, Goth. baírhts. √94

noun Bright
Splendor; brightness.
adverb Bright
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  1. Likely to turn out well in the future ("had a bright future in publishing")
  2. Having lots of light either natural or artificial ("the room was bright and airy" and "a stage bright with spotlights")
  3. Emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts ("the sun was bright and hot" and "a bright sunlit room")
  4. Not made dim or less bright
  5. Having strong or striking color ("bright dress")
  6. Splendid ("the bright stars of stage and screen", "a bright moment in history", and "the bright pageantry of court")
  7. Characterized by happiness or gladness ("bright faces" and "all the world seems bright and gay")
  8. Characterized by quickness and ease in learning ("some children are brighter in one subject than another")
  9. Made smooth and bright by or as if by rubbing; reflecting a sheen or glow ("bright silver candlesticks")
  10. Clear and sharp and ringing ("the bright sound of the trumpet section")
  11. With brightness ("the windows glowed jewel bright")
  1. A surname​.

Notable Persons Named Bright

Bright Light Bright Light is an electropop, dance, disco, house, alternative, house music, and alternative rock musician. His ongoing career started in 2010. Bright was given the name Rod Thomas in Neath, Wales. Bright is also known as Thomas and Rod.


Bright Enobakhare is a soccer player for the Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. Bright was born on February 8th, 1998 in Nigeria.


Bright Dike is a soccer player for the FC Amkar Perm, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Indiana Invaders, Portland Timbers (2001–10), Portland Timbers, Orange County Blues FC, Toronto FC, San Antonio Scorpions, and Nigeria national football team. Bright was born on February 2nd, 1987 in Edmond, Oklahoma, United States.


Bright Osayi-Samuel is a soccer player for the Blackpool F.C. Bright was born on December 31st, 1997.


Basketmouth was given the name Bright Okpocha on September 14th, 1978 in Lagos. Basketmouth is also known as Basketmouth.


Bright Edomwonyi is a soccer player for the SK Sturm Graz, FC Red Bull Salzburg, FC Liefering, FC Wacker Innsbruck (2002), and TSV Hartberg. Bright was born on July 24th, 1994 in Benin City.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Bright

Richard Bright was an actor. His career lasted from 1957 to 2006. Richard was given the name Richard James Bright on June 28th, 1937 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. He died on February 18th, 2006.


Kellie Bright is an actress and actor. She has had major accomplishments since 1989. Kellie was given the name Kelly Denise Bright on July 1st, 1976 in Brentwood, Essex, England.


Cameron Bright is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 2000. Cameron was given the name Cameron Douglas Crigger on January 26th, 1993 in Victoria, British Columbia. Cameron is also known as Cameron Douglas Crigger.


John Bright was a Queensland Legislative. John was born on November 16th, 1811 in Rochdale, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom. He left this life on March 27th, 1889.


Edward was born in 1721. He breathed his last breath in 1750.


Susie Bright is a writer, speaker, teacher, audio-show host, and editor-at-large for Susie was given the name Susannah Bright on March 25th, 1958 in Arlington County, Virginia.


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Popularity of Bright as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Bright U.S.
  White 70.47% 64.26%
  African American 23.30% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.86% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.60% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.52% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.25% 16.26%

Of Last Name Bright

People with the last name Bright are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Bright

  • How Popular is the name Bright? Bright is the 24,792nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Bright was the 1,050th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Bright have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 234 babies born with the first name Bright in the United States. That's more than enough people named Bright to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Bright? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1917 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Bright first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Bright is Sunday, April 14th, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Bright born? The highest recorded use of the first name Bright was in 2017 with a total of 25 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Bright: Your name in reverse order is Thgirb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Bhgtir. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Bright? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 33,281 people with the last name Bright.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bright? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 11 of them will have Bright as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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