Bruner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Bruner sprang from the history of Medieval France and a region known as Languedoc. It comes from when the family lived in Languedoc.

Early Origins of the Bruner family

The surname Bruner was first found in Languedoc, where the family has formerly been seated from very early times.

Important Dates for the Bruner family

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Bruner Spelling Variations

The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Bruner is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Brunet, Bruner, Bruney, Brunay, Bruné, Brunais, Brunai, Brunnet, Brunner, Brunney, Brunnay, Brunné, Brunnais, Brunnai, Brune, de Brunet, de Bruner, de Bruney, de Brunay and many more.

Early Notables of the Bruner family (pre 1700)

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Bruner migration to the United States

French settlers came early to North American, following in the wake of the explorers, and creating New France. Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain is said to have been the first American site founded as a permanent settlement, rather than as just a commercial outpost. But emigration was slow, in 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 French people in Quebec, and by 1663, when the region was officially made The Royal Colony of New France, by Louis XIV, there still only around 500 settlers. Over 2,000 would arrive during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted immigrants, both noble and commoner from France. By 1675, there were around 7000 French in the colony, and by that same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. Despite the loss of the Colony to England, the French people flourished in Lower Canada. Among settlers to North America of the Bruner surname 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 [1]
  • Hendryk Bruner, aged 17, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1735 [1]
  • Joh Henrich Bruner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1736 [1]
  • Hans Conrad Bruner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bruner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Diederick H Bruner, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1829 [1]
  • George Bruner, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [1]
  • G Bruner, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • J W Bruner, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Joseph Bruner, who landed in Arkansas in 1891 [1]

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 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bruner (post 1700)

  • 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 Democrat politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly from Dane County 5th District, 1953-57 [3]
  • Elwood Bruner (d. 1915), American politician, Member of Alaska Territorial Senate 2nd District, 1913-15 [3]
  • Elwood Bruner, American politician, Member of California State Assembly, 1880-81, 1891-93 [3]
  • Charles K. Bruner, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1900 [3]
  • Charles J. Bruner, American politician, U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue for the 14th Pennsylvania District, 1879 [3]
  • ... (Another 17 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Bruner family

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 [4]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from
  4. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from
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