surname was derived from the Old English term "Brungar" which meant "brown spear." Alternatively, the name could have been derived from the Old German word "Brunger."
Early Origins of the Bronker family
The surname Bronker was first found in Dorset
where the first record of the name appears as Brungar(us) in the Domesday Book
. Thomas and William Brunger were listed in a census in Norfolk
in 1275 and years later the name was listed in the Subsidy Rolls
as Brunger atte
Early History of the Bronker family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bronker research.Another 561 words (40 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1377, 1349, 1369, 1500, 1603, 1605, 1617, 1585, 1645, 1620, 1680, 1660, 1620, 1684, 1627 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Bronker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bronker Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Bronker include Brunker, Brungar, Bryngard, Brouncker, Brounker, Brunkere, Brynker and many more.
Early Notables of the Bronker family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Adam Bryngard, a prominent 14th century landholder in Somerset; William Brouncker, 1st Viscount Brouncker (1585-1645); William Brouncker (c 1620-1680), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Westbury (1660); William Brouncker... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bronker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bronker family to Ireland
Some of the Bronker family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 41 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bronker family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Bronker were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Robert Brunker who arrived in Philadelphia in 1867.