Bruning History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Bruning, is likely of patronymic origin, that is, it belongs to the category of surnames derived from the first name of the father of the initial bearer. In this instance, the name indicates "son of Brüning," a variant of Bruno. The personal name Bruno is a pet form of names such as Brunolf, Brunwardt and Brunheri, all derived from the Old High German word "brunja" meaning brown. The name probably would have been initially given as a nickname to one with brown hair or a dark complexion. The name may also have been derived from the Middle High German "brunne" meaning "breastplate." Bruningsen is also a place name in Westfalia.

Early Origins of the Bruning family

The surname Bruning was first found in Westfalia. The earliest record dates back to 1206, when Bruning von Staufen, possibly the founder of the village of Breuningsweiler, was mentioned in the "Wurttembergisches Urbunderbuch II." In 1284 Chunrat Bruninch was living in Augsburg and in 1351 Cuonrad Brunig was a curator at Baden-Baden. An unknown Breininger was recorded in Rottweil in 1357. Wolfgang Breuningk was living in Grafental in 1503, and Christoph Breuning in Tubingen in 1539.

Early History of the Bruning family

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Bruning Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bruening, Breuninger, Breuninge, Breuning, Brüning, Brünings, Brauening, Brunig, Bruenink, Brunke (Friesland), Bruhnke, Brunken, Brünicke, Brüntjen, Brünjes and many more.

Early Notables of the Bruning family (pre 1700)

Notables of the period with the name Bruning were Conrad Breuning von Buchenbach, who was Governor of Tuebingen in 1514; Hans Bruning, a captain in Hamburg in 1687; Johann Adam Breunig (1660-1727), a German Baroque architect; and Adolf Bruning from Lubeck, who was ennobled in...
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Bruning Ranking

In the United States, the name Bruning is the 13,337th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Bruning migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bruning Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • StolTel Bruning, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750 [2]
  • Johan Bruning, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752 [2]
Bruning Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henrietta Bruning, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 [2]
  • Gert Bruning, who arrived in America in 1836 [2]
  • Clara Bruning, aged 28, who arrived in America in 1836 [2]
  • Heinr Bruning, who arrived in America in 1837 [2]
  • Albert F Bruning, aged 21, who landed in Missouri in 1839 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Bruning migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [3]
Bruning Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Jo Bruning, aged 20, who landed in St Christopher in 1635 [2]
  • Mr. John Bruning, (b. 1615), aged 20, British settler traveling aboard the ship "Matthew" arriving in St Christopher (Saint Kitts) in 1635 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bruning (post 1700) +

  • Melissa Bruning (b. 1971), American Costume Designers Guild Award nominated costume designer, known for her work in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), Wild (2014) and Let Me In (2010)
  • Jon Bruning (b. 1969), American politician and lawyer, Attorney General of the state of Nebraska
  • Richard Bruning (b. 1953), American graphic designer and comics creator, current Senior Vice-President-Creative Director of DC Comics
  • Walter Frank Bruning (b. 1923), American architect
  • Theodore Bruning, American Republican politician, Candidate for Mayor of Bellmawr, New Jersey, 1930 [5]
  • Robert W. Bruning, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1964 [5]
  • Jon Bruning (b. 1969), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 2004 [5]
  • Heinrich Bruning (1885-1970), German politician, Chancellor of Germany from 1930 to 1932
  • Walter Brüning (1915-1971), German Major in the Wehrmacht during World War II, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
  • Peter Brüning (b. 1929), German painter
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  2. ^ 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)
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  4. ^ Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's (Retrieved October 4th 2021, retrieved from
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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