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Meaning and name origin

Bruno \b-ru-no\ as a boy's 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 variant forms: Bruin, Bruino and Brunon.

For more information, see also the related boy name Lebrun.

There is 1 feminine form of Bruno: Bruna.


Bruno is a somewhat popular first name for males (#697 out of 1220) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#1314 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).

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Similar Names

Bruno is also pronounced similarly to Briano. Other suggested similar baby names are Bran, Brann, Bren, Brenn, Bron, Bruto and Bryn. These names tend to be less commonly used than Bruno.


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