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Quick Facts on Bruno

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • German, Italian, Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 647
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Bruno

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Bruno

Bruno is a name used among many ethnicities from Germans to Spanish, Portuguese to Italians, Slavs and French alike. Etymologically speaking, the name originates from the Germanic “brun” meaning “brown”. It was a common name among Germans dating back to at least the Middle Ages. The name was borne by several German saints, including a 9th century Duke of Saxony who died in battle against the Vikings. He lends his name to Brunswick, Germany (i.e., Bruno’s settlement). Saint Bruno of Cologne was another German saint who founded the Carthusian Order in the 11th century (a contemplative order of monks and nuns). English speakers did not really adopt this name until the late 19th century. It may have been inspired in part by Lewis Carroll’s 1889 novel “Sylvie and Bruno”. Much like Carroll’s “Alice” books, “Sylvie and Bruno” deals with social and moral values of Victorian England. In terms of usage in the United States, Bruno was probably brought over by 19th century German settlers. Today, the name Bruno is most popular in Catalonia, Spain, Brazil and Chile, but he sees most of his success in Croatia. It also remains a fairly common name in Germany. Since it’s used among so many disparate cultural groups, we’d say this one has cosmopolitan appeal.

Popularity of the Name Bruno

Bruno would probably win the gold medal for “tough guy” names. It just makes you immediately think of a “brawny” masculine guy like Rocco, Mario, Franco, Marco and Nico. Don’t mess with Bruno! Then again, Sacha Baron Cohen may have toyed with this notion in his movie “Brüno” about a flamboyantly gay Austrian TV host. Yet herein lies his charm. Bruno can go to opposite ends of the spectrum; he’s at once beefy and burley yet warm and cuddly. He could be the daredevil racecar driver or the creative musical composer. Bruno could be a wrestler or a king. The name also reminds us of Cinderella’s loveable bloodhound in the 1950 Disney movie who scares off Lucifer (the evil step-sisters’ cat). Furthermore, Bruno is the familiar name of the “brown” bear character in children’s fairytales. In fact, Bruno is a great name for any animal: dog, cat, lizard, bear and most of all: Homo sapiens! Bruno is a German name, but it also has Italian-Spanish flair and personality. The name used to be quasi-popular in the United States at the turn of the 20th century, but by the 1970s, Bruno disappeared off the chart. He has returned to the charts this new century – starting in the year 2000 – but the name is still super uncommon and bestowed with very low frequency. Seriously, Bruno is a name like Rocco. Keep saying it out loud. It will grow on you. Trust us.
Popularity of the Boy Name Bruno
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Bruno

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Bruno

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Bruno

    Bruno (Sylvie and Bruno) Bruno is the young brother of Sylvie in Lewis Carroll’s 1889 novel, Sylvie and Bruno, succeeded by Sylvie and Bruno Concluded in 1893 and a much lesser cousin to Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Bruno and his sister transit between their morally stifling Victorian household and the fantastical land of the fairies, being alternately human and elfin. Bruno is a darling child (at least as illustrated by Harry Furniss), but perhaps just a little too precious by our 21st century standards. Still, he is all boy, albeit Victorian boy, who is a pesky, if adored, little brother to the responsible big sister Sylvie, always trying to get out of his lessons and managing to get into scrapes galore. Still, a child who cries “Hurted mine self welly much!” is just a wee bit on the too-too side for our tastes.

    Bruno Anthony (Strangers on a Train) Bruno Anthony (Charles Anthony Bruno) is the deliciously evil protagonist of Patricia Highsmith’s 1950 thriller, Strangers on a Train, which was adapted into a film of the same name by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. In the book, he is Charles Anthony Bruno; in the film he is Bruno Anthony. Poor little rich boy Bruno – a coddled Mama’s boy who covets his strict father’s wealth, he tries to arrange a “criss-cross” murder with Guy Haines, a stranger whom he meets on a train – his father for Guy’s wife, who won’t grant Guy a divorce. Bruno is an insecure young man who has no direction in his life, who has coasted thus far on his family’s wealth. Convincing himself that Guy has agreed to the pact, Bruno goes ahead with his part of the scheme. Naturally, things go awry, with disastrous results. Eventually, Bruno gets his come-uppance, and darned if we aren’t rather sorry about that! As portrayed by Robert Walker in the movie, he is much more interesting and watchable than the rather insipid Guy (Farley Granger). And isn’t that always the way with the “bad” guys!

  • Popular Songs on Bruno

    Popular Songs on Bruno

    Bruno - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Bruno.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Bruno

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Bruno

    Bruno (Guy Hallifax) - If you're the smallest basset hound: well, how do you get yourself noticed - especially by Harry, sister Caz and their family? Then how can you track down biscuity treats you're promised? And how do you cope with a world that's been covered in 'cold'? With a big think - that's the Bruno way to solve problems! There are three stories in this first "Bruno" book: In "Bruno and the Big Think", Bruno uses some clever tricks to draw attention to himself, despite being the smallest pup in the litter. He's immediately picked out by Harry who takes Bruno home to join his new family. In "Bruno and the Biscuits", a mischievous Bruno follows his nose, like all clever dogs, as he tracks down the treats he's been promised by Harry's mum. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Bruno Bruin Discovers America (Gyles Brandreth) - The year is 1600 and the world is full of bears! In England, Queen Elizabear is distraught. Her favorite explorer, Sir Walbear Raleigh, has disappeared in America. There is only one bear that she can truly rely on to bring Sir Walbear safely home—Sir Bruno Bruin, the first vegetarian hero! Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Bruno for Real (Caroline Adderson) - Seven-year-old Bruno is back and tackling problems with his trademark originality. He defeats hiccups. He trades his mother for a new hat. He skillfully avoids math. And thanks to his special Flutter Kick, he easily advances to the next level—in swimming and in life! Bruno is ready for any challenge as he learns all there is to know about being a boy. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Bruno Munari's ABC (Bruno Munari) - In this imaginative ABC, acclaimed artist, designer and children's author, Bruno Munari shows how fun letters can be. From an Ant on an Apple to a Blue Butterfly to a Cat in a Cage, Munari pairs words in whimsical ways until Fly frees itself from its page, lands on the Hat, buzzes near the Ice Cream and provides the final sound for Zzzzz. Recommended for ages 3-5.

    Bruno the Tailor (Lars Klinting) - Bruno the beaver, a tailor, sews a new apron by taking his measurements, drawing a pattern, and beginning step-by-step to cut, baste and sew. Includes apron pattern. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Bruno's Story (Red Fox) - All Maisy wants is a puppy to call her own. It seems like every other person in her class has got a cute and cuddly pet -- but Maisy is allergic to dogs and cats, and can't go near them without having a loud burst of sneezes! But clever Mum has an idea... Apparently, not only are poodle puppies super-cute, but their fluffy fur is specially suited for people with allergies -- making them the ideal pet for Maisy. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Dear Bruno (Alice Trillin) - In 1979, Alice Trillin, who three years earlier had been diagnosed with a malignant lung tumor, received a call from good friend Annie Navasky telling her that Annie's 12-year-old son, Bruno, also had cancer. Alice's response was a letter to Bruno in which she tried to show that it was possible to talk about cancer in a tone that was frank, honest, and funny. Children and adults struggling with the 'why me?' of cancer will find in this book a realistic, funny, and somehow, reassuring exploration of the fight for survival. Illustrated with cartoons by New Yorker artist Edward Koren. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    I, Bruno (Caroline Adderson) - Bruno gobbled up Mom's macaroni. It tasted so good! Then he saw something in the bottom of the bowl. Something was hidden in the cheese. "Ah!" he screamed. "There's green in my macaroni!" "It's just zucchini," Mom said. "Just a tiny little bit." "It's green!" Bruno put down his spoon. He wasn't hungry anymore. Bruno spends one day as Sir Bruno and another as the Queen. He is a businessman, and he understands the language of Cats. Bruno is a boy worth knowing. CM Magazine says: “" excellent read-aloud...Highly recommended." Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Sylvie and Bruno (Lewis Carroll) - Carroll's last major work: bizarre adventures of 2 young children, combining Carrollian nonsense, linguistic play and philosophical reflection. 46 illustrations by Harry Furniss. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Bruno

    Famous People Named Bruno

    Famous People Named Bruno - Bruno Tonioli (DWTS judge); Bruno Mars (singer); Bruno Walter (composer); Bruno Soares (Brazilian tennis player); Bruno Junqueira (racecar driver); Bruno Senna (Brazilian racecar driver); Bruno Sammartino (wrestler)

  • Children of Famous People Named Bruno

    Children of Famous People Named Bruno

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Bruno - Nigella Lawson (celebrity food author and chef)

  • Historic Figures

    Bruno - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Bruno - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Bruno.

Personality of the Boy Name Bruno

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Bruno

  • No Variations Found.
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