Bronte Family History
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Bronte Name Meaning
Altered form of Irish Prunty. The change in spelling was probably an early 19th-century development, due to romantic admiration for the English admiral Lord Nelson, on whom the title Duke of Bronte was conferred in 1799 by Ferdinand, King of the Two Sicilies. Bronte is the name of a place in Sicily, literally meaning ‘thunder’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press