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Where did the German Brunk family come from? What is the German Brunk family crest and coat of arms? When did the Brunk family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Brunk family history?

The distinguished German surname Brunk is a variant of the surname Brüning, which 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 may also have been derived from the Middle High German "brunne," meaning "breastplate." In Low German the surname often adopted a k-suffix, creating Bruneke which led to Bruhnke and Brünicke. Around 1600, the names Brunke and Brunken began to appear more often in Friesland.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Brunke, Brunger, Bruhnke, Brunken, Brünicke, Brüntjen, Brünjes, Bruneke, Bruenicke and many more.

First found in East Friesland, where the Low German suffix -k was attached to the Westphalian surname Brüning. By about 1600, the name could be found with increasing frequency in the northern areas of Lower Saxony, Pomerania, and Schleswig-Holstein. The earliest known bearer of the surname was Cord Brunke, who was documented in 1594. The young Brunk family eventually branched into many houses, becoming one of the prominent families of the region.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brunk research. Another 169 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1594, 1730, 1803, 1811 and 1891 are included under the topic Early Brunk History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 35 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brunk Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brunk Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Johan Michel Brunk, who arrived in New York in 1709

Brunk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Franz L Brunk, who landed in New York in 1834

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  • Louis Frederick Brunk (b. 1889), American professor
  • Larry Brunk (1883-1956), American politician, State Treasurer of Missouri from 1929 to 1933
  • Steven Brunk, American Republican politician, Member of the Kansas House of Representatives, representing the 85th district (2003-)


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The Brunk Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brunk 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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