Brunton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Brunton family

The surname Brunton was first found in East Lothian, at Brunton, "a village, in the parish of Creich, district of Cupar. This village, which is pleasantly situated, is inhabited chiefly by persons employed in agriculture, and in hand-loom weaving for the linen manufacturers of Cupar. " [1] [2]

One of the first records of the family was Walter of Burntoun who held part of Luffness in the reign of Robert III. [3] Further to the south in England, Adam de Brunton was listed in Shropshire, 20 Edward I (in the twentieth year's reign on Edward I.) [4]

Early History of the Brunton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brunton research. Another 123 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1000, 1140, 1585, 1844 and 1916 are included under the topic Early Brunton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brunton Spelling Variations

Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Brunton has appeared as Brunton, Brunten, Bruntin and others.

Early Notables of the Brunton family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was George Brunton, a writer in Edinburgh; Professor Alexander Brunton, a Professor of Oriental Languages at the University of Edinburgh; and David Brunton represented Lanarkshire in Scottish Parliament in 1585. Many years later Sir Thomas...
Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brunton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Brunton migration to the United States +

The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them:

Brunton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Grozel Brunton, who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1745
  • Grizel Brunton, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1775 [5]
  • Archibald Brunton, who arrived in Mississippi in 1799 [5]
Brunton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Brunton who settled in Philadelphia in 1840

Australia Brunton migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Brunton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Brunton migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Brunton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Brunton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mariner" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd June 1859 [7]
  • Mrs. Brunton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mariner" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd June 1859 [7]
  • Miss Janet Brunton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mariner" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd June 1859 [7]
  • Miss Beatrice Brunton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mariner" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd June 1859 [7]
  • Miss Mary Anne Brunton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mariner" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd June 1859 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Brunton (post 1700) +

  • Joseph Brunton (1902-1988), American Boy Scout leader, fourth Chief Scout Executive (1960 to 1966)
  • Mary Brunton (1778-1818), Scottish novelist, daughter of Colonel Thomas Balfour of Elwick
  • George Brunton (1799-1836), Scottish lawyer and journalist [8]
  • William Brunton (1777-1851), Scottish engineer and inventor
  • Richard Henry Brunton FRGS, MICE (1841-1901), Scottish lighthouse builder "Father of Japanese lighthouses"
  • Sir Thomas Lauder Brunton FRS (1844-1916), 1st Baronet, Scottish physician
  • Sir Gordon Charles Brunton (1921-2017), British businessman, publisher, racehorse owner and breeder, former Head of Thomson Newspapers
  • Violet Brunton (1878-1951), English woodcarving, miniature painting and book illustration artist
  • Samuel Brunton (b. 1990), Cook Islands rugby league player
  • Ron Brunton, Australian anthropologist, current Director of Encompass Research Pty Ltd
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Brunton Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fax mentis incendium gloriae
Motto Translation: The torch of glory inflames the mind.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  3. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1831
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019


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