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Origin and popularity of the name BRIGHTON


Brighton : English:: 1: habitational name from Breighton in East Yorkshire on the river Derwent. This place is named with Old English beorht ‘bright’ or an unattested personal name Beohta + tūn ‘enclosure settlement’. The surname is unlikely to derive from Brighton in Sussex which was known as Brighthelmestone until the end of the 18th century.2: in East Anglia a nickname from Middle English bright + eien ‘bright eyes’.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England

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