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Gender: Male Meaning of Bruno: "brown" Origin of Bruno: German Bruno's Popularity in 2017: #642

The name Bruno is a boy's name of German origin meaning "brown". Bruno is ranked #642 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Cool Boy Names From Around the World and discussed in our forums with posts like "Three Strikes, You're Out -- Boys".

From the experts:

Bruno is a popular name throughout Europe and South America that deserves more attention here. Its color meaning makes it one of the perfect names for November babies, or really a boy born in any of the autumn months.

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 Carthusian 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 Iris Murdoch's novel, Bruno's Dream.

A reference to ignore: the Sacha Baron Cohen character in Bruno.

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Famous People Named Bruno

Saint Bruno of Cologne, German founder of the Carthusian Order
Saint Bruno the Great, German Archbishop of Cologne and Duke of Lotharingia
Saint Bruno of Querfurt, German missionary bishop and martyr
Saint Bruno, Italian Bishop of Segni and Abbot of Montecassino
Saint Bruno, Duke of Saxony, one of the Martyrs of Ebsdorf
Bruno Mars (born Peter Gene Hernandez), American pop-rock singer
Bruno Campos, Brazilian-American actor
Bruno Tonioli, Italian-British choreographer and TV personality
Bruno Eduardo Regufe Alves, Portuguese footballer
Bruno Leopoldo Francesco Sammartino, Italian-American pro wrestler
Bruno Senna, Brazilian racing driver
Bruno Fraga Soares, Brazilian tennis player
Bruno Bettelheim, Austrian psychoanalyst
Bruno Metsu, French footballer
Bruno Merz, New Zealand singer-songwriter
Bruno Coppola, son of American composer Anton Coppola
Bruno Paul Diamond (b. 1996), son of celebrity chef Nigella Lawson
Bruno Leifer-Wolf (b. 2007), son of comedienne Carol Leifer
Bruno Litmanen (b. 2007), son of footballer Jari Litmanen
Bruno Wünsche (b. 2008), son of actress Annette Frier and Johannes Wünsche; twin of sister Josephine
Bruno Franz Harder (b. 2010), son of actress Rhea Harder
Bruno Lucas Ferreira Souza (b. 2012), son of model Danielle Souza and footballer Dentinho
Bruno Peres, Brazilian professional footballer

Pop Culture References for the name Bruno

Brüno Gehard, fashionista character created by Sacha Baron Cohen
Bruno Ricci, son in Italian film "The Bicycle Thief"
Bruno, dog in Disney's 'Cinderella"
Bruno, main character in book/film The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Bruno Jenkins, character in Roald Dahl's "The Witches"
Prince Bruno von Grannzreich, character in "The Royal Tutor"
Bruno Battaglia, character in 2000 film "Bruno"
"Bruno the Kid," animated series and its main character
Bruno Bucciarati from Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

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loiswrenmatthews Says:


The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas brought the name Bruno to my attention and it has gradually climbed my list of favourite names for baby boys.

Tillie_Jay Says:


Okay, after The Boy In The Striped Pajamas and The History Of Love, I've come to really like this name.

headintheclouds Says:


My cousin has a brown poodle named Bruno, so that's my first association with this name. I think Bruno has the same feel as Bernard- solid, dependable, towering yet reassuring, and as PP mentioned, bear-like.

lesliemarion Says:


Such a cozy, bear-like name for a man.