Show ContentsBruni History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Italian Bruni 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 Bruni family

The surname Bruni 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 Bruni family

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Bruni 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 Bruni family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Leonardo Bruni (or Leonardo Aretino) (c. 1370-1444), an Italian humanist, historian and statesman; often called the first modern historian; Antonio Bruni of Manduria was a famous poet around 1600; Domenico Bruni (c. 1600-1666), an Italian painter of the Baroque period; the Brunelli family in Rome produced a Cardinal who was known for his extraordinary intelligence; Antonio Brunelli (1577-1630), an Italian composer and theorist of the early Baroque period; in 1681 Diego Brunaccini was made Prince of the reign of San...
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Bruni Ranking

In the United States, the name Bruni is the 17,858th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Bruni is ranked the 5,716th most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. [2]

United States Bruni migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bruni Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alfonso Bruni, aged 23, who settled in America from Grizzana, Italy, in 1909
  • Adamo Bruni, aged 25, who immigrated to America from Castiglione, Zobochi, Italy, in 1910
  • Adelina Bruni, aged 38, who landed in America from Firizzano, Italy, in 1910
  • Angelo Bruni, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States from Bugiano Di Cerreto, Italy, in 1910
  • Amedeo Bruni, aged 2, who landed in America from Lago, Cosenza, Italy, in 1911
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Contemporary Notables of the name Bruni (post 1700) +

  • Frank Anthony Bruni (b. 1964), American journalist, former chief restaurant critic of The New York Times (2004-2009)
  • Louis H. Bruni, American Republican politician, Candidate for Texas State Senate 21st District, 2008 [3]
  • Roberto Bruni (1949-2019), Italian politician, Mayor of Bergamo (2004–2009)
  • Fyodor "Fidelio" Antonovich Bruni (1799-1875), Italian-born, Russian painter
  • Bruno Bruni (b. 1955), retired Italian high jumper
  • Bruno Bruni Sr. (b. 1935), Italian lithographer, graphic artist, painter and sculptor
  • Dino Bruni (b. 1932), Italian road racing cyclist
  • Antonio Bartolomeo Bruni of Cuneo (1757-1821), Italian violinist and composer
  • Jorge Bruni (1941-2020), Uruguayan politician and lawyer, Minister of the Interior (2009–2010)
  • Georgina Bruni (1947-2008), British businesswoman and a UFO researcher, best known for her book You Can't Tell the People
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