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

The Italian Bruno 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.


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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bruno 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 Bruno History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bruno Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Francis Bruno, aged 34, arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1845
  • Christian Bruno, who arrived in Texas in 1845
  • Calixto Bruno, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1860
  • Wilhelm Bruno, who arrived in Texas in 1860
  • Guiseppe Bruno, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876

Bruno Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Alfio Bruno, aged 25, who landed in America from Paterno, in 1901
  • Amedeo Bruno, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from Reggio, in 1901
  • Adamo Bruno, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Torino, in 1901
  • Alfonso Bruno, aged 30, who emigrated to America from Maddaleni, Italy, in 1902
  • Agata Bruno, aged 31, who settled in America from Palermo, in 1903


  • Billi Bruno (b. 1997), American child actress
  • Joseph L Bruno (b. 1929), American businessman and politician, current majority leader of the New York State Senate
  • Chris Bruno (b. 1966), American film and television actor
  • Dylan Bruno (b. 1972), American actor and former model
  • Francesco Bruno (b. 1968), Italian sport shooter awarded a gold medal at the 2005 Mediterranean Games
  • Franklin Roy Bruno (b. 1961), British former boxer, winner of the WBC Heavyweight championship in 1995
  • Rafael Addiego Bruno (1923-2014), Uruguayan jurist and political figure


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  7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
  10. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
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The Bruno Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bruno 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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