Show ContentsBrynker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

This occupational surname was derived from the Old English term "Brungar" which meant "brown spear." Alternatively, the name could have been derived from the Old German word "Brunger." [1]

Early Origins of the Brynker family

The surname Brynker was first found in Dorset where the first record of the name appears as Brungar(us) in the Domesday Book. Thomas and William Brunger were listed in a census in Norfolk in 1275 and years later the name was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Somerset as Brunger atte Yate. [2]

Interestingly, we must look to Somerset to find some of the earliest records of the family in early rolls. For it is there in Kirby's Quest that Edyth Brungar, Somerset, 1 Edward III; Adam Bryngard, Somerset, 1 Edward III; and John Bryngard, Somerset, 1 Edward III were all listed as holding lands there during the first year's reign of King Edward III. [3]

Early History of the Brynker family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brynker research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1377, 1603, 1605, 1617, 1585, 1645, 1620, 1680, 1660, 1620, 1684, 1627, 1688, 1607, 1620, 1684, 1585, 1639, 1642 and 1645 are included under the topic Early Brynker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brynker Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Brynker have been found, including Brunker, Brungar, Bryngard, Brouncker, Brounker, Brunkere, Brynker and many more.

Early Notables of the Brynker family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Adam Bryngard, a prominent 14th century landholder in Somerset; William Brouncker, 1st Viscount Brouncker (1585-1645); William Brouncker (c 1620-1680), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Westbury (1660); William Brouncker...
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Ireland Migration of the Brynker family to Ireland

Some of the Brynker family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Brynker family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Brynker, or a variant listed above: Robert Brunker who arrived in Philadelphia in 1867.

  1. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print. on Facebook