Brun History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Soon after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, the name Brun was recognized on the island as a name for a person who has "brown hair" or "brown eyes," or "dresses habitually in brown." The name springs from similar roots in Old English, Old English, Old Norse, Old French, Old German. It is also possible that a given instance of the name is derived from a short form of an Old English personal name such as "Brunwine" or "Brungar."

Early Origins of the Brun family

The surname Brun was first found in Middlesex at Spitalfields, a parish, in the union of Whitechapel, Tower division of the hundred of Ossulstone. " The present name of the parish is derived from a priory of canons of the Augustine order, and an hospital for poor brethren, entitled 'the New Hospital of our Lady without Bishopsgate,' founded in the year 1197, by Walter Brune, citizen, and afterwards sheriff, of London, and Roesia his wife." [1]

Important Dates for the Brun family

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Brun Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Brune, Brun and others.

Early Notables of the Brun family (pre 1700)

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Brun migration to the United States

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Brun or a variant listed above:

Brun Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Brun, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750 [2]
  • Etienne Brun, who arrived in America in 1752 [2]
  • Johan Peter Brun, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753 [2]
  • Charles Brun, who arrived in South Carolina in 1755 [2]
  • Joseph Brun, who arrived in Connecticut in 1763 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Brun Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Greta Lisa Brun, aged 30, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1848 [2]
  • Henry Brun, who arrived in St Clair County, III in 1855 [2]
  • Daniel Brun, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1859 [2]
  • Stephen Brun, who arrived in Iowa in 1883 [2]
  • Albert L Brun, who arrived in Hancock County, Miss in 1890 [2]
Brun Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Frank Brun, who landed in Arkansas in 1906 [2]

Brun migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brun Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Sébastien Brun, son of Vincent and Renée, married Huguette Bourg, daughter of Antoine and Antoinette, in Port-Royal, Quebec in 1678 [3]
Brun Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Jean Brun, son of Sébastien and Huguette, married Anne Gautrot, daughter of Claude and Marie, in Port-Royal, Quebec on 2nd October 1708 [3]
  • Claude Brun, son of Sébastien and Huguette, married Cécile Dugas, daughter of Claude and Françoise, in Port-Royal, Quebec on 27th November 1709 [3]
  • Pierre Brun, son of George and Marie, married Marie-Madeleine Paré, daughter of Etienne and Agnès, in Sainte-Anne, Quebec on 6th February 1758 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Brun (post 1700)

  • Leo Brun, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Erlanger, Kentucky, 1973 [4]
  • Louis Bertrand Pierre Brun de Villeret, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [5]
  • Jean Antoine Brun, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [6]
  • Jacques François Brun, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [7]
  • Claude Louis Brun, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [8]

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 11) Louis Brun. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  6. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 11) Jean Brun. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  7. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 11) Jacques Brun. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  8. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 11) Claude Brun. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
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