The name can be traced to Visigothic Spain, when it was introduced by the 6th-century Spanish saint, Braulio of Zaragoza (590-651). A popular theory is that the name derives from the Germanic, Brandila, which is diminutive form of Brant (sword; fire). Another theory is that it is related to the Latin pravus (ferocious).
Through colonisation, its usage spread throughout the Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking world.
In the Spanish-speaking world, a notable bearer is Canarian singer/songwriter, Braulio (born Braulio Antonio García Bautista b. 1946).
Through the Catholic Church, the name appears on the calendar in most Catholic nations in various forms, though it has not experienced much use outside of Latin-American and Iberian countries, the other forms include:
- Brauli (Catalan)
- Braule (French)
- Braulione (Italian)
- Braulion (Polish)
- Bráulio (Portuguese)
Feminine forms are Braulia (Spanish) and Bráulia (Portuguese).
Ironically, though popularly attributed as a name of Germanic origin, there doesn’t seem to be any obscure modern Germanic forms.