The surname Colombani is derived from the Italian word "colombo," which in turn comes from the Latin "columbe," meaning "dove." As a surname, it may have been occupational
for someone who raised and sold doves. The popularity of the personal name
Colombo, which was prevalent in the Middle Ages, may be explained by the fact that the dove is the symbol of the Holy Spirit and is an expression of endearment and love.
Early Origins of the Colombani family
The surname Colombani was first found in Genoa (Italian: Genova), a port on the Gulf of Genoa, capital of the province of Genoa. 4th century B.C it was occupied by the Greeks, destroyed by the Carthaginians in 209 B.C and restored by Rome who made it their headquarters. They survived the Lombard and Carolingan intrusions. Were well known for their naval prowess. Shipbuilding flourished in this natural sea port. Much migration took place to South America pre WWII. 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.
Early History of the Colombani family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colombani research.Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1691, 1451, 1492, 1199, 1300, 1367, 1440, 1550, 1676, 1736, 1735, 1580, 1635, 1694 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Colombani History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Colombani Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Colombo, Colomba, Columbo, Colombro, Colombani, Colombetti, Colombetta, Colombini, Colombrino, Colombazzi, Colombari, Colombara, Colombo, Colombi, Colomba, Columbo, Columbi, Columba, Colombro, Columbro and many more.
Early Notables of the Colombani family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Cristoforo Colombo (Christopher Columbus), born in 1451 in Genoa; he became a talented navigator and is famous today for his discovery of America in 1492. Others of the name include Iacopo Colombi of Pistoia, a lawyer in 1199; Antonio Colombella, Bishop of Senegallia during... Another 95 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Colombani Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Colombani family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Luigi Colombi, who arrived at New York on Feb. 6, 1893, aboard the "La Bretagne"; Cesare Columbo, who arrived in New York on June 23, 1886, aboard the ".
Contemporary Notables of the name Colombani (post 1700)
- Jean-Marie Colombani (b. 1948), French journalist and editor of the daily newspaper Le Monde (1994-2007)