Bruhnke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The distinguished German surname Bruhnke is a variant of the surname Brüning, which 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 may also have been derived from the Middle High German "brunne," meaning "breastplate." In Low German the surname often adopted a k-suffix, creating Bruneke which led to Bruhnke and Brünicke. Around 1600, the names Brunke and Brunken began to appear more often in Friesland.
Early Origins of the Bruhnke family
The surname Bruhnke was first found in East Friesland, where the Low German suffix -k was attached to the Westphalian surname Brüning. By about 1600, the name could be found with increasing frequency in the northern areas of Lower Saxony, Pomerania, and Schleswig-Holstein. The earliest known bearer of the surname was Cord Brunke, who was documented in 1594. The young Bruhnke family eventually branched into many houses, becoming one of the prominent families of the region.
Important Dates for the Bruhnke family
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Bruhnke Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Brunke, Brunger, Bruhnke, Brunken, Brünicke, Brüntjen, Brünjes, Bruneke, Bruenicke and many more.
Early Notables of the Bruhnke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bruhnke family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Johan Michel Brunk, who emigrated from Holland to New York in 1709; John Crey Brunk, who settled in Philadelphia in 1802; Cater Brunk, who arrived in Baltimore in 1833.
Contemporary Notables of the name Bruhnke (post 1700)
- Leslie T. Bruhnke, American Republican politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly from Milwaukee County 4th District, 1958 
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html