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PronouncedPron.BROO-no German
BRUY-NO French
BROO-naw Polish

Meaning & History

Derived from the Germanic element brun "armour, protection" or brun "brown". Saint Bruno of Cologne was a German monk of the 11th century who founded the Carthusian Order. The surname has belonged Giordano Bruno, a philosopher burned at the stake by the Inquisition.
Feminine FormsBruna, Brunella Italian Bruna Portuguese Bruna Croatian
Other Languages & CulturesBroen Limburgish
User SubmissionsBrúnó, Brüno

Sources & References

  • Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches namenbuch (1900), page 338


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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute