The surname Brunings, 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 Brunings family
The surname Brunings 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 Brunings family
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Brunings 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 Brunings family (pre 1700)
Notables of the period with the name Brunings 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... Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brunings Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Brunings family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Walter Breuninger, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1733; as did Baltzer Breuninger in the same year, and Hans Martin Breuninger in 1738. Johann Philip Breuning came to Philadelphia in 1752. Ludwig Bruening came to Texas in 1846. Adolph Brunk arrived in New York in 1842 and Cater and Christine Brunk in 1833. Friedrich, Anna, Augusta, Christian, and Emilie Brunk arrived in New York in 1863. Franz Brunk settled in Wayne County New York 1834. Amoz Bruning sailed to Baltimore in 1833.