Show ContentsBruna History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Italian Bruna surname has a few possible sources. It is a patronymic name created from the originally Germanic personal name Bruno. It evolved as a nickname from the Italian word "bruno," meaning "brown," referring to the hair color or perhaps complexion. It may also have evolved as a habitational name from a place name, such as Bruno, in Asti province.

Early Origins of the Bruna family

The surname Bruna was first found in Florence (Italian: Firenze), originally the capital of Tuscany, then capital of the kingdom of Italy. The Bruno or Bruni family were originally from Arezzo but this part of their early history is not traceable. The Brunelli family are on record in Venice from 1151. During the 11th and 12th centuries the family branched from Florence south to Norman dominated Sicily where Giovanni di Bruno held a castle in Palermo in 1282.

Early History of the Bruna family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bruna research. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1360, 1370, 1444, 1467, 1493, 1548, 1577, 1580, 1600, 1630, 1649, 1666, 1681, 1710 and 1753 are included under the topic Early Bruna History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bruna Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bruno, Bruni, di Bruno, di Bruni, Bruni, Bruno, Bruna, Brun, Brunèlli, Brunelli, Brunèllo, Brunello, Brunèlla, Brunella, Brunellèschi, Brunelleschi, Brunètti, Brunetti, Brunetto, Brunètto, Brunini, Bruntti, Brunotti, Brunne, Brunone, Brunacci, Brunazzi, Brunaldi, Brunati, Brunato, Brunatti, Brunèngo, Brunengo, Brunèri, Bruneri, Brunèro, Brunaccini, Brunamonti, Brunero, Brunèse, Brunese, Brunod, Brunri and many more.

Early Notables of the Bruna family

Prominent among members of the family was

  • in 1681 Diego Brunaccini was made Prince of the reign of San Todaro in Sicily
  • Giacomo Brunaccini was a Baron and owned vast estates in 1710
  • the Brunamonti family were official nobility of Assisi
  • members of the Brunati family in Turin were barons at this time

Bruna Ranking

In France, the name Bruna is the 7,076th most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. [1]

Migration of the Bruna family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Francesco Brunetti, who arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1823 at the age of 42; Franco Brunetto arrived in New Orleans in 1823 at the age of 42; Colozero and Leonardo Bruno settled in Texas in 1895 at the ages of 24 and 45 respectively..


Contemporary Notables of the name Bruna (post 1700) +

  • Dick Bruna (1927-2017), Dutch author, artist, illustrator and graphic designer, creator of the small rabbit Miffy; more than 80 million Miffy books have been sold globally
  • Giovanna Bruna Baldacci (1886-1910), Italian composer, pianist and poet from Pistoia
  • Bruna Papandrea (b. 1971), Australian film producer
  • Bruna Dragoni, Italian singer from Milan
  • Bruna Erhardt (b. 1988), Brazilian fashion model
  • Bruna Genovese (b. 1976), Italian gold medalist long-distance runner at the 2006 European Marathon Cup


  1. http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/


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