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

The surname Brinegar, is likely of 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.


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.

First found in Westfalia. The earliest record dates back to 1206, when Bruning von Staufen, possibly the founder of the village of Breuningsweiler, was mentioned in the "Wurttembergisches Urbunderbuch II." In 1284 Chunrat Bruninch was living in Augsburg and in 1351 Cuonrad Brunig was a curator at Baden-Baden. An unknown Breininger was recorded in Rottweil in 1357. Wolfgang Breuningk was living in Grafental in 1503, and Christoph Breuning in Tubingen in 1539.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brinegar research. Another 239 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1757, 1812, 1514, 1687, 1660, 1727, 1702, 1774 and 1827 are included under the topic Early Brinegar History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 161 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brinegar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brinegar Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • E. P. Brinegar, aged 40, who settled in America from San Francisco, in 1909
  • Nellette Brinegar, aged 40, who settled in San Francisco, in 1913


  • Claude Stout Brinegar (1926-2009), the third United States Secretary of Transportation (1973 to 1975)
  • Paul Brinegar (1917-1995), American character actor who appeared in over 100 films between 1946 and 1994


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