Bruner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The region that comprises the modern state of Austria is the ancient homeland of the Bruner family. Austria, which was originally home to a Celtic people, was conquered by the Roman Empire in about 15 BC. Following the fall of Rome, Austria was repeatedly invaded by barbarian tribes, such as the Vandals, Visigoths, and Huns, who swept in from the east. During the 5th and 6th centuries, the Alemanni, Avars and Slavs settled Austria. The Avars were defeated in 785 by the Frankish emperor Charlemagne, who set up the East Mark, which later became known as the Österreich. Austria was ruled by the Babenburger dynasty until 1278, when they were succeeded by the Hapsburg dynasty, which ruled Austria until the 20th century.

Early Origins of the Bruner family

The surname Bruner was first found in Austria and Tyrol, where the family contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation and would later play a large role in the political conflicts of the area. The family branched into many houses, some of which acquired estates and manors throughout the surrounding regions, where they played significant roles in the social and political affairs. The oldest and most prominent branch was known as Brunner (Prunner) von Vasoltsberg. They were members of the Styrian nobility from as early as 1363. The progenitor is believed to be one "Heinrich," a relative of Count Eberhard zu Wallsee, who lived around 1363. Of his direct descendants, Colomann Brunner was Privy Councillor to the Austrian Emperor around 1566.

Early History of the Bruner family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bruner research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1531, 1745, 1410, 1380, 1380, 1571, 1840 and 1915 are included under the topic Early Bruner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bruner Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Bruner include Brunner, Bruner, Bruenner, Bruener, Breunner, Breuner, Bruenn and many more.

Early Notables of the Bruner family (pre 1700)

During this period prominent bearers of the name Bruner were Conrad Brunner (died 1410), a Swiss Benedictine monk, he was abbot of the monastery at Muri in today's Canton of Aargau (1380-death), joined the order and in 1380, elected abbot, first head of...
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Bruner Ranking

In the United States, the name Bruner is the 1,919th most popular surname with an estimated 17,409 people with that name. [1]

United States Bruner migration to the United States +

After the First World War, Austria became a republic. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Bruner were

Bruner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Heinrich Bruner, who settled in Philadelphia in 1731
  • Heinrich Bruner, aged 17, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1735 [2]
  • Hendryk Bruner, aged 17, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1735 [2]
  • Joh Henrich Bruner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1736 [2]
  • Hans Conrad Bruner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743 [2]
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Bruner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Diederick H Bruner, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1829 [2]
  • George Bruner, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [2]
  • G Bruner, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • J W Bruner, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • Joseph Bruner, who landed in Arkansas in 1891 [2]

Canada Bruner migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bruner Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Peter Bruner U.E. who settled in Adolphus Town [Adolphustown], Ontario c. 1783 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bruner (post 1700) +

  • Stephen Lee Bruner (b. 1984), known by his stage name Thundercat, an American musician, bassist, singer and songwriter from Los Angeles, California. In 2016 he won a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Performance, in 2020 he won a Grammy Award for Best Progressive R&B Album
  • Jerome Seymour Bruner (1915-2016), American psychologist, a senior research fellow at the New York University School of Law, awarded the 1987 Balzan Prize for Human Psychology
  • Ervin M. Bruner, American politician, Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly (1955-1957)
  • Elwood Bruner (1854-1915), American politician and lawyer, Member of the California State Assembly (1880-1881)
  • Bud Bruner (1907-1996), American boxing manager, trainer and gym proprietor; WBA World Heavyweight Champion Jimmy Ellis and Mayfield Pennington and Muhammad Ali trained at this gym
  • Wally Bruner (1931-1997), American journalist and television host, first host of the 1968-1975 "What's My Line?"
  • Ervin M. Bruner (1915-2008), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly from Dane County 5th District, 1953-57 [4]
  • Elwood Bruner (d. 1915), American politician, Member of Alaska Territorial Senate 2nd District, 1913-15 [4]
  • Elwood Bruner, American politician, Member of California State Assembly, 1880-81, 1891-93 [4]
  • Charles K. Bruner, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1900 [4]
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USS Arizona
  • Mr. Lauren F. Bruner, American Fire Control man Third Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [5]

Suggested Readings for the name Bruner +

  • Descendants of George Peter Bruner by Harlan Keith Bruner.

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  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from
  5. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook