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Fun Facts about the name Bright

  • How many people with the first name Bright have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 201 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 2014 with a total of 20 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 Ihbtrg. 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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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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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Bright" mean? The list below shows the origins of Bright as well as things modernly associated with the name Bright such as celebrities named Bright.

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
Other Dictionary Sources
  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​.

Other Inspirations for the Name Bright

Bright Echosmith
Bright Horizons
Bright Beginnings Dc
Bright Chords
Bright Eyes
Bright Horizons Dc
Bright Web
Bright Young Things Dc
Bright House

Notable Persons With the Last Name Bright

Cameron Bright

Cameron Bright is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 2 to present. Cameron was born in 1993 as Cameron Douglas Crigger in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.


What does the name Bright mean?

Bis for busy, your never idle life.

Ris for righteous, you know when you're right.

Iis for ideals, no higher!

Gis for grand, the life you will live.

His for hand, that you always give.

Tis for talent, hidden or not.

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