Show ContentsBrungard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

This occupational surname was derived from the Old English term "Brungar" which meant "brown spear." Alternatively, the name could have been derived from the Old German word "Brunger." [1]

Early Origins of the Brungard family

The surname Brungard was first found in Dorset where the first record of the name appears as Brungar(us) in the Domesday Book. Thomas and William Brunger were listed in a census in Norfolk in 1275 and years later the name was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Somerset as Brunger atte Yate. [2]

Interestingly, we must look to Somerset to find some of the earliest records of the family in early rolls. For it is there in Kirby's Quest that Edyth Brungar, Somerset, 1 Edward III; Adam Bryngard, Somerset, 1 Edward III; and John Bryngard, Somerset, 1 Edward III were all listed as holding lands there during the first year's reign of King Edward III. [3]

Early History of the Brungard family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brungard research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1377, 1603, 1605, 1617, 1585, 1645, 1620, 1680, 1660, 1620, 1684, 1627, 1688, 1607, 1620, 1684, 1585, 1639, 1642 and 1645 are included under the topic Early Brungard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brungard Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Brungard include Brunker, Brungar, Bryngard, Brouncker, Brounker, Brunkere, Brynker and many more.

Early Notables of the Brungard family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Adam Bryngard, a prominent 14th century landholder in Somerset; William Brouncker, 1st Viscount Brouncker (1585-1645); William Brouncker (c 1620-1680), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Westbury (1660); William Brouncker...
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Ireland Migration of the Brungard family to Ireland

Some of the Brungard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Brungard migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled 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 ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Brungard or a variant listed above:

Brungard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Brungard, aged 5, who arrived in New York NY in 1876 [4]
  • Andreas Brungard, aged 4, who landed in New York, NY in 1876 [4]
  • Andreas, Brungard Sr., aged 43, who landed in New York, NY in 1876 [4]
  • Anna Brungard, aged 1, who arrived in New York, NY in 1876 [4]
  • Anton Brungard, aged 7, who landed in New York, NY in 1876 [4]
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  1. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  4. 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) on Facebook