An English surname, Bright comes from the Old English term ‘beorht’ which meant something shining, pretty or brilliant. The spelling variations for Bright include Brite and the German spellings for Bright being Brecht and Breit. In England the Bright surname originated in Cheshire and spread to all across the country and into most of Wales. The counties with the greater Bright populations include Yorkshire, Essex, Lancashire, Hampshire, Devon, Gloucestershire and the city of London. In Scotland the counties of Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, Midlothian, Ayrshire and Aberdeenshire have the greater Bright populations. Within the United States the Bright family name started in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky. Famous: James Franck Bright (19th century historian from England), Richard Bright (a 19th century English medical doctor who was a pioneer in studying kidney disease), Charles Tilstone Bright (19th century electrical engineer who supervised the placement of the first transatlantic telegraph cable), Jason Bright (race car driver from Australia), William “Bill” Bright (evangelist and founder of Campus Crusade for Christ), Timothy Bright (16th century inventor of the modern shorthand writing technique), Dora Bright (music composer from England) and Richard J. Bright (movie film actor).