The distinguished German surname Brunken 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.
Early Origins of the Brunken family
The surname Brunken was 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 Brunken family eventually branched into many houses, becoming one of the prominent families of the region.
Early History of the Brunken family
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Brunken Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Brunke, Brunger, Bruhnke, Brunken, Brünicke, Brüntjen, Brünjes, Bruneke, Bruenicke and many more.
Early Notables of the Brunken family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brunken family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Brunken Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Brunken, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Telegraph" in 1863
- Marianne Brunken, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Telegraph" in 1863
- Phoebe Brunken, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Telegraph" in 1863
Contemporary Notables of the name Brunken (post 1700)
- Walter Brunken (b. 1912), German opera director