Bronte is the name of the Greek goddess of thunder, twin sister to Astrape, goddess of lightning, both of whom served as attendants to Zeus. Bronte’s name fittingly means “thunder” from Ancient Greek brontḗ which derives from PIE *bʰrem- (to make noise; roar, clash, shout). Brontë is also an Irish surname, the Anglicized form of Ó Proinntigh meaning “descendant of Proinnteach”, the latter originally used as a byname for someone who was a generous person. It means “dining-hall” or “refectory”, made up from Irish proinn (meal; buffet) derived from Latin prandium (luncheon, meal) which derives from a PIE root word; and teach (house, dwelling) from Proto-Celtic *tegos derived from PIE *(s)teg- (cover, roof).  It’s the surname of  Bronte sisters Charlotte, Emily, and Anne who were all authors whose works are still popular to this day, though it was originally spelled Prunty; the spelling to Bronte was likely inspired either by the Greek word for thunder or perhaps he adopted it in honor of Horatio Nelson, a British officer in the Royal Navy who was made Duke of Bronte in the kingdom of Sicily by King Ferdinand I.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European


Male forms:

  • Brontes (Ancient Greek)- the name of a cyclops in Greek mythology, the son of Uranus and Gaia who, along with his brothers, forged Zeus‘s thunderbolts.



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