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Where did the Italian Luongo family come from? When did the Luongo family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Luongo family history?

The distinguished surname Luongo originated in an area of Italy, known as the Papal States. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of the Papal States is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Luongo came from a person who was tall and thin. The surname Longo is derived from the Old Italian word longo, which means long, tall.

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Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations were the unsurprising result. The variations of Luongo include Longo, Longhi, Luongo, Lungo, Lunghi, Slongo, Del Lungo, Della Lunga, Del Luongo, Longhini, Longhin, Lunghini, Lungherini, Longhetti, Lunghetti, Longoni and many more.

First found in Rome (Italian: Roma), the capital of the Kingdom of Italy, where earliest records date to the 10th century, when Giovan-Jacopo, Bonaventura, and Filippo Longhi moved out of the city.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Luongo research. More information is included under the topic Early Luongo History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 241 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Luongo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Luongo or a variant listed above:

Luongo Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Alessandro Luongo, aged 51, who landed in America from Naples, in 1897
  • Amelia Luongo, aged 0, who landed in America from Campagna, in 1897
  • Angelomichele Luongo, aged 24, who landed in America from Bonito, in 1899
  • Anna Maria Luongo, aged 33, who settled in America from Forio, in 1899

Luongo Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Angelo Luongo, aged 20, who landed in America from Paduli, in 1900
  • Anna Luongo, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Bonito, in 1903
  • Angela Maria Luongo, aged 4, who landed in America from Servinara, in 1903
  • Agata Di Giov. Luongo, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Teora, Italy, in 1907
  • Alfonso Luongo, aged 47, who settled in America from Naples, Italy, in 1907


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  • Christopher John Luongo (b. 1967), American ice hockey coach and former professional ice hockey player
  • Gerald J. Luongo (b. 1938), American Republican Party politician
  • Steve Luongo, American internationally recognized drummer, producer and songwriter
  • Alfred Leopold Luongo (1920-1986), United States federal judge
  • Nelson Daniel Gutiérrez Luongo (b. 1962), Uruguayan footballer, member of the Uruguay national football team
  • Roberto Luongo (b. 1979), Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender
  • Massimo Luongo (b. 1992), Australian footballer


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