Origins Available: English, German
Anglo-Saxon origin. It was name for a person with brown hair or a dark complexion. The surname Bruenink is derived from the Old English word bruning, which was in common usage until the 14th century. This word is itself a derivative of the word brun, which means brown. The name was in usage as a personal name as early as 1086, when Bruning de Cestretona was recorded as a resident of Cumberland.
Early Origins of the Bruenink family
Cumberland where they held a family seat from very ancient times.
Early History of the Bruenink family
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Bruenink Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bruenink have been found, including Browning, Brownyng, Bruning, Brownigg, Brownygg and many more.
Early Notables of the Bruenink family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bruenink family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become powerful new nations. Among early immigrants of the Bruenink surname to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were: John Browning who settled in Virginia in 1621; followed by George Browning settled in Virginia in 1635; Henry Browning settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1637.
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