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Where did the English Brungardt family come from? What is the English Brungardt family crest and coat of arms? When did the Brungardt family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Brungardt family history?

This occupational surname was derived from the Old English term "Brungar" which meant "brown spear." Alternatively, the name could have been derived from the Old German word "Brunger."

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Brungardt are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Brungardt include: Brunker, Brungar, Bryngard, Brouncker, Brounker, Brunkere, Brynker and many more.

First found in Dorset where the first record of the name appears as Brungar(us) in the Domesday Book. Thomas and William Brunger were listed in a census in Norfolk in 1275 and years later the name was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Somerset as Brunger atte Yate.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brungardt research. Another 561 words(40 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1377, 1349, 1369, 1500, 1603, 1605, 1617, 1585, 1645, 1620, 1680, 1660, 1620, 1684, 1627 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Brungardt History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 133 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brungardt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Brungardt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 41 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Brungardt or a variant listed above:

Brungardt Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Andrew, Brungardt Sr., who arrived in Kansas in 1876
  • Balthasar Brungardt, who arrived in New York, NY in 1876
  • Franz Brungardt, who arrived in New York, NY in 1876
  • Franz, Brungardt Sr., who arrived in Kansas in 1876
  • John Peter Brungardt, who arrived in New York, NY in 1876


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  • John Balthasar Brungardt (b. 1958), American Roman Catholic bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dodge City, Kansas
  • Pete Brungardt, Amerrican politician, Republican member of the Kansas Senate


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  7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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The Brungardt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brungardt Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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