Bruno

Names Throughout the Ages

Bruno is a male given name which derives from a Germanic source, either from Old High German brun meaning “brown” which derives from a PIE root word; or it comes from Proto-Germanic *brunjǭ meaning “breastplate; armor, protection”. Bruno is an Italian and Portuguese word meaning “brown” as well as also being an Italian and Portuguese surname derived from the given name, or originating as a nickname for someone with brown hair or a dark-brown complexion.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

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Variants:

  • Broen (Limburgish)
  • Brunello (Italian dimunitive of Bruno)

Female forms:

  • Bruna (Italian, Portuguese, Catalan)
  • Brunella (Italian diminutive of Bruna)

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