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

The name Brunner sprang from the history of Medieval France and a region known as Languedoc. It comes from when the family lived in Languedoc.


Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations of the name Brunner, including Brunet, Bruner, Bruney, Brunay, Bruné, Brunais, Brunai, Brunnet, Brunner, Brunney, Brunnay, Brunné, Brunnais, Brunnai, Brune, de Brunet, de Bruner, de Bruney, de Brunay and many more.

First found in Languedoc, where the family has formerly been seated from very early times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brunner research. Another 416 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1191, 1500, and 1789 are included under the topic Early Brunner History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brunner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Brunner has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Brunner were

Brunner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Brunner, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1728
  • Josef Brunner, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Joseph Brunner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Felix Brunner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Suzanna Brunner, who landed in America in 1733

Brunner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John W Brunner, who landed in New York in 1836
  • Georg Brunner, aged 26, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • Anton Brunner, who arrived in New York, NY in 1848
  • John Julius Brunner, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • A A Brunner, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850

Brunner Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Carl Brunner, aged 31, a smith, arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Gellert"

Brunner Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Brunner arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Whitby" in 1841


  • Colleen Renee Brunner (1968-1988), American Student from Hamburg, New York, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
  • Arnold William Brunner (1857-1925), American architect
  • Guido Brunner (b. 1930), German diplomat and politician
  • William Otto Brunner (1878-1958), Swiss astronomer and director of the Swiss Federal Observatory from 1926 to 1945
  • John Kilian Houston Brunner (1934-1995), award-winning British author of science fiction novels and stories
  • Thomas Brunner (1821-1874), New Zealand explorer
  • Heinrich Brunner (1840-1915), German legal historian


  • Joseph Brunner of Rothenstein, Schifferstadt, and Frederick by Donald Lewis Osborn.

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