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What does Bruno mean?

Bruno Pronunciation of Bruno [bruno] as a boys' name is pronounced BROO-noh. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Bruno is "brown". Used as a name in the ruling families of Germany during the Middle Ages. Saint Bruno (10th century) was the founder of the Carthusian order of monks. Literary: use in the English-speaking world from the end of the 19th century may have been inspired by Lewis Carroll's "Sylvie and Bruno" (1889). Orchestral conductor Bruno Walter; actor Bruno Kirby.

Associated with: brown, saint, monks, literary, 19th century.


Bruno has 3 variants: Bruin, Bruino and Brunon.

Related boy name: Lebrun.

1 feminine form: Bruna.

Creative forms:
(male) Barno, Brino, ..

(female) Brune, Bruni, ..

Middle name pairings:
Bruno Dion (B.D.), ..

How popular is Bruno?

Bruno is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#697 out of 1220, Top 57%) and an even more prominent last name for both adults and children (#1119 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Bruno reached its apex position of #298 in the U.S. in the 1910s, and is at #710 presently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bruno name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bruno outside U.S.

Similar Names

Bruno is pronounced similarly to Branna and Briano. Other recommended names are Arno, Benno, Bran, Brand, Brando, Branko, Brann, Brant, Bravo, Bren, Brenn, Brent, Bron, Bronco, Bronko, Bruce, Brunel, Bruto, Bryn and Erno. These names tend to be less commonly used than Bruno.

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