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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.


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.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bruni research. Another 457 words (33 lines of text) covering the years 1360, 1444, 1467, 1493, 1548, 1600, 1580, 1370, 1444, 1600, 1600, 1666, 1577, 1630, 1681, 1710 and 1649 are included under the topic Early Bruni History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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...

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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 emigrated 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 emigrated 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
  • ...

  • 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
  • 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
  • Georgina Bruni (1947-2008), British businesswoman and a UFO researcher, best known for her book You Can't Tell the People
  • Carla Bruni (b. 1967), Italian-French singer, songwriter and former model, wife of President Nicolas Sarkozy in February 2008
  • Emily Bruni (b. 1975), English actress

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    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    2. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    3. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    6. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    10. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
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    The Bruni Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Bruni Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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