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Where did the Italian Sorbo family come from? What is the Italian Sorbo family crest and coat of arms? When did the Sorbo family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sorbo family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: Sorbelloni, Sorba, Sorbi, Sorbo, Sorbera, Serbelloni, Serbera, Serba and many more.

First found in Sicily (Italian: Sicilia), the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea where they held a family seat from ancient times with lands and estates. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sorbo research. Another 219 words(16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sorbo History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Sorbo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sorbo Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Michele Sorbo, who arrived in Ashtabula Co. Ohio sometime between 1875 and 1906


  • Kevin Sorbo (b. 1958), American actor, best known for the role of Hercules in "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys"
  • Sam Sorbo (b. 1966), American actress, best known as Serena on the television series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
  • Dr. Gunnar Sorbo (b. 1948), current director of the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI)
  • Jan Inge Sorbo (b. 1954), Norwegian philologist, author and poet


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  2. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
  3. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
  4. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
  5. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
  6. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  11. ...

The Sorbo Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sorbo Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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