Aaron Bruno

Bruno in 2014, photo by Daniel Locke/PR Photos

Birth Name: Aaron Richard Bruno

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 11, 1978

*father – Italian [including Sicilian]
*mother – German, English

Aaron Bruno is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and multi-instrumentalist. He is the founder and lead singer of rock band Awolnation. He was also a member of post-grunge band Home Town Hero and indie rock bands Under the Influence of Giants and Insurgence. He is also known as AWOL.

Aaron is married to Erin.

Aaron’s paternal grandfather was Vincent R. Bruno (the son of Anthony Bruno and Clara Lopristi/Lapresti/Lo Presti). Vincent was born in Ohio, to Italian parents. Anthony was born in Sant’Agata, in Sicily or Calabria, the son of Joseph Bruno. Clara was the daughter of Basil Lapresti/Lopresti and Rosolia Carpo, who were from St. Agata.

Aaron’s paternal grandmother was Domenica Mae “Mamie” Tuso (the daughter of Joseph Tuso and Jennie Masi). Domenica was born in Illinois. Joseph was from Caccamo, Sicily. Jennie was from Villafrati, Sicily.

Sources: Marriage record of Aaron’s paternal grandparents, Vincent R. Bruno and Domenica Mae “Mamie” Tuso – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Aaron’s paternal grandfather, Vincent R. Bruno – http://www.treesprout.com

Aaron’s paternal grandfather, Vincent R. Bruno, on the 1930 U.S. census – https://familysearch.org

Death record of Aaron’s paternal grandfather, Vincent R. Bruno – https://familysearch.org

Death record of Aaron’s paternal great-grandmother, Clara (Lopristi/Lapresti/Lo Presti) Bruno – https://familysearch.org

Aaron’s paternal grandmother, Domenica Mae “Mamie” Tuso, on the 1920 U.S Census – https://familysearch.org

4 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    I’m some 90% sure these are his maternal grandparents:


    That would make his mother German and English.

  2. andrew says:


    Anthony/Anthony Bruno was born in Sant’Agata (in Sicily or Calabria), to Joseph Bruno.

    Clara Lo Presti’s parents were born in Stagita, Italy. This place name does not exist (it could be “Segesta”)

    • bablah says:

      Stagita could also be Sant’Agata (if it was spelled as St. Agata, it could easily be mistranscribed).
      I actually came across Sant Agata in my research, but couldn’t be sure if it was right, so I omitted it from the article.

      • andrew says:

        St. Agata -> Stagita could be an option. There are two Sant’Agatas, one in Sicily (Sant’Agata di Militello) and another one in Calabria.

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