Bruno is a popular name throughout Europe and South America that deserves more fashion status here. Stylish British cookbook writer Nigella Lawson has a son named Bruno. The versatile singer-songwriter Bruno Mars, who was raised in Hawaii, was originally named Peter, but was given the nickname Bruno at the age of two. Another Bruno: "Dancing With the Stars" judge Bruno Tonioli.
St. Bruno of Cologne was a nobleman who founded the Cartusian order of monks in 1084. Bruno is a name often used for bears in children's stories, and Lewis Carroll wrote one called Sylvie and Bruno. More recently, Bruno is the central character in Irish Murdoch's novel, Bruno's Dream.