Brunger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Brunger family

The surname Brunger was first found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Melsham, held by Liseman, a steward of the King who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Important Dates for the Brunger family

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Brunger Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Brunker, Brunger, Brouncker, Branker, Branger, Brounker and many more.

Early Notables of the Brunger family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Branker (Brancker) (1633-1676), an English mathematician from Barnstaple, Devon. He was born at Barnstaple in August 1633, the son of another Thomas Brancker, a graduate of Exeter College, Oxford...
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Brunger migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Brunger Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • J Brunger, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Lady Nugent
  • J. Brunger, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 17th March 1841 [2]


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
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