Transferred use of the surname, in origin a local name from the English county. This is probably named with a Celtic word meaning ‘border’. Use as a given name is of recent origin, but it is now quite popular. It may in part be seen as a short form of Kenton.
Scottish: habitational name, probably from a place in Leicestershire, England, called Bringhurst. This was named in Old English with Brȳninga + hyrst ‘wooded hill’, i.e. ‘wooded hill on lands associated with someone called Brȳni’.