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

The Italian Bruni surname has a few possible sources. It is a patronymic name created from the originally Germanic personal name Bruno. It evolved as a nickname from the Italian word "bruno," meaning "brown," referring to the hair color or perhaps complexion. It may also have evolved as a habitational name from a place name, such as Bruno, in Asti province.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Bruno, Bruni, di Bruno, di Bruni, Bruni, Bruno, Bruna, Brun, Brunèlli, Brunelli, Brunèllo, Brunello, Brunèlla, Brunella, Brunellèschi, Brunelleschi, Brunètti, Brunetti, Brunetto, Brunètto, Brunini, Bruntti, Brunotti, Brunne, Brunone, Brunacci, Brunazzi, Brunaldi, Brunati, Brunato, Brunatti, Brunèngo, Brunengo, Brunèri, Bruneri, Brunèro, Brunaccini, Brunamonti, Brunero, Brunèse, Brunese, Brunod, Brunri and many more.

First found in Florence (Italian: Firenze), originally the capital of Tuscany, then capital of the kingdom of Italy. The Bruno or Bruni family were originally from Arezzo but this part of their early history is not traceable. The Brunelli family are on record in Venice from 1151. During the 11th and 12th centuries the family branched from Florence south to Norman dominated Sicily where Giovanni di Bruno held a castle in Palermo in 1282.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bruni research. Another 457 words(33 lines of text) covering the years 1360, 1444, 1467, 1493, 1548, 1600, 1580, 1370, 1444, 1600, 1600, 1666, 1577, 1630, 1681, 1710 and 1649 are included under the topic Early Bruni History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 331 words(24 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bruni Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bruni Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Alfonso Bruni, aged 23, who settled in America from Grizzana, Italy, in 1909
  • Adamo Bruni, aged 25, who emigrated to America from Castiglione, Zobochi, Italy, in 1910
  • Adelina Bruni, aged 38, who landed in America from Firizzano, Italy, in 1910
  • Angelo Bruni, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Bugiano Di Cerreto, Italy, in 1910
  • Amedeo Bruni, aged 2, who landed in America from Lago, Cosenza, Italy, in 1911


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  • Frank Anthony Bruni (b. 1964), American journalist, former chief restaurant critic of The New York Times (2004-2009)
  • Antonio Bartolomeo Bruni of Cuneo (1757-1821), Italian violinist and composer
  • Dino Bruni (b. 1932), Italian road racing cyclist
  • Bruno Bruni Sr. (b. 1935), Italian lithographer, graphic artist, painter and sculptor
  • Bruno Bruni (b. 1955), retired Italian high jumper
  • Fyodor "Fidelio" Antonovich Bruni (1799-1875), Italian-born, Russian painter
  • Emily Bruni (b. 1975), English actress
  • Carla Bruni (b. 1967), Italian-French singer, songwriter and former model, wife of President Nicolas Sarkozy in February 2008
  • Georgina Bruni (1947-2008), British businesswoman and a UFO researcher, best known for her book You Can't Tell the People


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  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  4. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
  5. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
  6. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
  8. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
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The Bruni Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bruni 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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