Boy name origins & meanings
- English : From the bright town
Family name origins & meanings
- English : 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.