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


The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Brunson has been spelled Brunton, Brunten, Bruntin and others.

First found in East Lothian, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brunson research. Another 247 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1000, 1140, 1585, 1st , 1844 and 1916 are included under the topic Early Brunson History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 149 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brunson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were:

Brunson Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • R Brunson, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • J. Brunson, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, in 1894

Brunson Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • George M. Brunson, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Emilie Brunson, aged 60, who emigrated to America, in 1909
  • Arthur Brunson, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from Martham, England, in 1909
  • Martin Brunson, aged 64, who settled in America, in 1909
  • Senda Brunson, aged 41, who settled in America, in 1909


  • Cindy Brunson, American sports anchor
  • Doyle Brunson (b. 1933), American professional poker player, two-time World Series of Poker main event champion
  • Eric "Rick" Brunson (b. 1972), American retired NBA basketball player
  • Todd Brunson (b. 1969), American poker player, son of Doyle Brunson
  • Rebekkah Brunson (b. 1981), American basketball player
  • Tyrone Brunson (b. 1985), American middleweight boxer
  • Donald McCall "Mac" Brunson (b. 1957), American Baptist senior pastor of the First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Dorothy Edwards Brunson (1939-2011), African-American broadcaster
  • Michael Brunson OBE (b. 1940), British political journalist


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fax mentis incendium gloriae
Motto Translation: The torch of glory inflames the mind.


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The Brunson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brunson 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.

This page was last modified on 6 February 2014 at 13:37.

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