Show ContentsBreuning History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Breuning is a ancient German name that originated in the Rhineland. While the Germans at first used only one name, population increases created confusion among people of the same name, forcing them to adopt hereditary surnames. Two common types of German names are patronymic names, taken from the given name of the father, and metronymic names, taken from the name of the mother. Breuning was derived from the baptismal name for the son of Bruno, which was originally derived from the Old German word bruen, which means brown.

Early Origins of the Breuning family

The surname Breuning was first found in the Rhineland, where the name Breuning contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation, and later played a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. Over time, the family name branched into many houses, where members continued to play a significant role in the local social and political affairs.

Early History of the Breuning family

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Breuning Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Breuning, Breunning, Breuninge, Bruning, Brunning, Bruninge, Brunninger, Bruninger, Bruningher and many more.

Early Notables of the Breuning family

Notables with the name Breuning during this period were

  • the von Breuning family of the Rhineland

United States Breuning migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Breuning Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Philip Breuning, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752 [1]
Breuning Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Carl Theodor Breuning, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802 [1]
  • Michael Breuning, who landed in North America in 1838 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Breuning (post 1700) +

  • Olaf Breuning (b. 1970), Swiss-born, American artist
  • Walter Breuning (1896-2011), American supercentenarian
  • Stephan von Breuning (1894-1983), Austrian entomologist
  • Stephan von Breuning (1774-1827), German librettist, friend and collaborator of Ludwig van Beethoven

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook