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Where did the German Brunken family come from? What is the German Brunken family crest and coat of arms? When did the Brunken family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Brunken family history?The distinguished German surname Brunken is a variant of the surname Brüning, which indicates "son of Brüning," a variant of Bruno. The personal name Bruno is a pet form of names such as Brunolf, Brunwardt and Brunheri, all derived from the Old High German word "brunja," meaning "brown." The name may also have been derived from the Middle High German "brunne," meaning "breastplate." In Low German the surname often adopted a k-suffix, creating Bruneke which led to Bruhnke and Brünicke. Around 1600, the names Brunke and Brunken began to appear more often in Friesland.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Brunke, Brunger, Bruhnke, Brunken, Brünicke, Brüntjen, Brünjes, Bruneke, Bruenicke and many more.
First found in East Friesland, where the Low German suffix -k was attached to the Westphalian surname Brüning. By about 1600, the name could be found with increasing frequency in the northern areas of Lower Saxony, Pomerania, and Schleswig-Holstein. The earliest known bearer of the surname was Cord Brunke, who was documented in 1594. The young Brunken family eventually branched into many houses, becoming one of the prominent families of the region.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brunken research. Another 223 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1594, 1730, 1803, 1811, and 1891 are included under the topic Early Brunken History in all our PDF Extended History products.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Johan Michel Brunk, who emigrated from Holland to New York in 1709; John Crey Brunk, who settled in Philadelphia in 1802; Cater Brunk, who arrived in Baltimore in 1833.
The Brunken Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brunken 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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