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The Italian Bruno 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.

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The surname Bruno 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bruno 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 Bruno History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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...

Another 122 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bruno Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bruno Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francis Bruno, aged 34, arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1845
  • Christian Bruno, who arrived in Texas in 1845
  • Calixto Bruno, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1860
  • Wilhelm Bruno, who arrived in Texas in 1860
  • Guiseppe Bruno, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876
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Bruno Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alfio Bruno, aged 25, who landed in America from Paterno, in 1901
  • Amedeo Bruno, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from Reggio, in 1901
  • Adamo Bruno, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Torino, in 1901
  • Alfonso Bruno, aged 30, who emigrated to America from Maddaleni, Italy, in 1902
  • Agata Bruno, aged 31, who settled in America from Palermo, in 1903
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  • Billi Bruno (b. 1997), American five-time Young Artist Award nominated child actress
  • Dylan Bruno (b. 1972), American actor and former model
  • Chris Bruno (b. 1966), American film and television actor
  • Joseph L Bruno (b. 1929), American businessman and politician, current majority leader of the New York State Senate
  • Francesco Bruno (b. 1968), Italian sport shooter awarded a gold medal at the 2005 Mediterranean Games
  • Adrien François de Bruno, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • François-Xavier Bruno, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Rafael Addiego Bruno (1923-2014), Uruguayan jurist and political figure
  • Franklin Roy Bruno (b. 1961), British former boxer, winner of the WBC Heavyweight championship in 1995
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Bruno Historic Events



RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Henry Augustine Bruno, English 1st Class Passenger residing in Montclair, New Jersey, USA visiting Liverpool, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
  • Mrs. Annie Bruno, (née Thompson), English 1st Class Passenger residing in Montclair, New Jersey, USA visiting Liverpool, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
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    Other References

    1. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    2. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    3. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    6. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    7. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    10. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
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    The Bruno Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bruno 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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