patronymic origin, that is, it belongs to the category of surnames derived from the first name of the father of the initial bearer. In this instance, the name 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 probably would have been initially given as a nickname to one with brown hair or a dark complexion. The name may also have been derived from the Middle High German "brunne" meaning "breastplate." Bruningsen is also a place name in Westfalia.
Early Origins of the Breuningen family
Early History of the Breuningen family
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Breuningen Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Bruening, Breuninger, Breuninge, Breuning, Brüning, Brünings, Brauening, Brunig, Bruenink, Brunke (Friesland), Bruhnke, Brunken, Brünicke, Brüntjen, Brünjes and many more.
Early Notables of the Breuningen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Breuningen family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Walter Breuninger, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1733; as did Baltzer Breuninger in the same year, and Hans Martin Breuninger in 1738. Johann Philip Breuning came to Philadelphia in 1752. Ludwig Bruening came to Texas in 1846. Adolph Brunk arrived in New York in 1842 and Cater and Christine Brunk in 1833. Friedrich, Anna, Augusta, Christian, and Emilie Brunk arrived in New York in 1863. Franz Brunk settled in Wayne County New York 1834. Amoz Bruning sailed to Baltimore in 1833.
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