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What does Bruno mean?

Bruno \b-ru-no\ 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.


Bruno has 3 variants: Bruin, Bruino and Brunon.

For more on this name, see also the related boy name Lebrun.

Bruno has 1 feminine form: Bruna.


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. Census)

Presented below is the baby name popularity of Bruno for boys. Bruno reached its apex position of #285 in the U.S. during the years 1910-1919, and is at #670 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 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 Briano. Other recommended similar baby names are Bran, Brann, Bren, Brenn, Bron, Bruto and Bryn. These names tend to be less commonly used than Bruno.