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Brighton is a pleasant and cheery name suitable for both boys and girls. Cordial and friendly, this name has easily captured the attention of popular media. Brighton “Bright” Abbott is the name of a character on the Everwood series, and Brighton Sheffield was the name of a main character on The Nanny series. Keep reading to learn more about this baby name.

Meaning of the name Brighton:

Old English: Bright town, bridge settlement, bright helmet homestead

Origin of the name Brighton:

Brighton is a place name that later became a surname. It later evolved into a given name during the latter half of the 20th century. Brighton originates from the Old English words beorht (meaning “bright,” “shining,” or “luminous”) and tūn (meaning “settlement” or “town”). Alternatively, some etymologists believe that Brighton may have originated from the word brigge (meaning “bridge” or “pier”). Linguists who attest to the view contend that Brighton refers to the pier town situated near water. Finally, some etymologists believe that Brighton evolved from the Old English name Beorthelm (meaning “bright helmet”).

Symbolism of the name Brighton:

Brighton is a gender-neutral name that most etymologists believe means “bright town.” Prior to its use as a given name, Brighton usually referred to one of the most populous towns in England. This town originated as an ancient fishing village and is currently the site of a world-renowned health resort. Due to its historical connection to the fishing industry, the symbol for Brighton is the herring.

Baby name Brighton

Style of the name Brighton:

Modern

Gender of the name Brighton:

Brighton is a great name for both boys and girls.

Pronunciation of the name Brighton:

BRIE-tun

Number of syllables in the name Brighton:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Brighton:

The name Brighton evokes feelings of blessedness and bliss.

Alternative spellings for the name Brighton:

  • Brigton
  • Brightan
  • Brightin
  • Brighten
  • Brightyn
  • Bryten
  • Bryton 
  • Breighton

Nicknames for the name Brighton:

Popularity of the name Brighton:

According to the Social Security Administration index, Brighton was the 1,591st most popular baby name for boys in 2020.

Related names for the name Brighton:

Great middle names for Brighton and their meanings:

  • Ashton (ash tree town)
  • Casey (vigilant, watchful, alert)
  • Drew (manly, masculine, strong)
  • Ellis (the Lord is my God)
  • Ezra (helper, protector)
  • Giuseppe (God will add, God will increase)
  • Leigh (meadow, field, clearing)
  • Merritt (boundary gate)
  • Nova (new, young, star)
  • Remy (oarsman, rower)
  • Sloane (warrior)
  • Tracy (warlike, fighter)

Famous people with the name Brighton:

Brighton in popular culture:

  • Brighton (seaside resort in East Sussex, England)
  • Brighton “Bright” Abbott (character on the Everwood series)
  • Brighton Sheffield (character on The Nanny series)