When Mary Bright was born about 4 March 1781, in Enmore, Somerset, England, United Kingdom, her father, John Bright, was 25 and her mother, Anne Gunningham, was 24.
English: usually a nickname from Middle English bright ‘bright, good-looking, fresh-faced’ (Old English beorht ‘bright, shining’).
English: perhaps occasionally from an unrecorded Middle English survival of the Old English personal name Briht, Beorht, from a short form of any of several Old English personal names of which beorht was the first element, such as Beorhtrīc ‘bright’ + ‘powerful’. Compare Bert .
Americanized form of German Brecht .