The father of the novelist sisters Emily, Charlotte and Anne Brontė was actually born with the surname Prunty. He changed it to Brontė because it sounded better, and perhaps more exotic. Prunty is an anglicization of the Irish surname Ó Proinntigh. This means "descendant of Proinnteach." Proinnteach means "generous; gift-giver." As a first name, Bronte first shows up for girls in the SSA database in 1969, although it doesn't appear again until the 1990s.
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