The name has a Latin sound but is actually of German origins. It is derived from the German word brun meaning “brown.” A follower of my blog, Capucine, informed me that the meaning of the name was originally a euphemism for a bear.
It has also been suggested that the name might be related to the Old High German, brunja, meaning, “breastplate.”
According to askoxford.com, the name has been borne by German royalty and nobility alike. It was also borne by a 10th-century saint and the son of Emperor Henry the Fowler as well as by the Saxon Duke who gave his name to the town of Brunswick (in German Braunschweig).
The name has also experienced popular usage in Spanish-speaking countries, French-speaking countries, as well as in Italy, Portugal and Poland.
Thanks to the influx of German immigrants at the beginning of the 20th century, it reached # 260 way back in 1915. The highest it has ever reached in the Social Security list. It currently comes in at a mere # 665 (2018).
His rankings in other countries are as follows:
- # 14 (Catalonia, 2018)
- # 21 (Spain, 2018)
- # 29 (Galicia, Spain, 2018)
- # 44 (Poland, 2018)
- # 59 (Portugal, 2018)
- # 115 (Italy, 2018)
- # 377 (England & Wales, 2018)
- # 476 (the Netherlands, 2018)
- Bru (Catalan)
- Bruneau (French)
- Brun (German)
- Brúnó (Hungarian)
- Brunello (Italian)
- Brunetto (Italian)
- Brunino (Italian)
- Brunone (Italian)
- Broen (Limbergish)
- Brunon (Occitanian/Polish)
The feminine form of Bruna is a popular name in Brazil, Italy and Croatia.
It is currently the 28th Most Popular Female Name in Spain (2018) and the 66th Most Popular Female Name in Portugal (2018), while its French form of Brune currently ranks in at # 363 in France (2018).
Other feminine forms include:
- Brune (Dutch/French)
- Brunonia (English), which is borne by author, Brunonia Barry
- Brunelle (French)
- Brunette (French)
- Brunella (Italian)
- Brunetta (Italian)
- Brunina (Italian)
- Brunona (Polish)
Its designated name day is July 12.