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


Spelling variations of this family name include: Bobo, Boba, Bobba, Bobbo, Bobbio, Boboe, Bobbeo and others.

First found in Sardinia (Italian: Sardegna, Sardinian: Sardigna), the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. In 238 B.C the Carthaginians revolted and Rome took over. Saracens occupied 720 A.D. 1164 found Frederick Barbarosa giving the island to Barisone. Pisans succeeded in the 13th. Arragons took over in 1403 and it remained a Spanish province until the War of the Spanish Succession. At this time many of this military family branched to Spain. In 1848 complete political union with Piedmont and Italy was granted the island. Piedmont, Piemonte, Pedemons, a territorial division of northern Italy at the foot of the Alps consisting of the provinces of Alessandria, Cuneo, Novara and Turin. Later Aosta and Vercelli were added and still later, Asti. History is related back to 49 B.C. The house of Savoy rose in 1000 A.D. Historical close links with Sardinia made traffic between the Island and the mainland popular and the Bobbo family established close links with Liguria and Alessandria. The latter family originated in 1300 with Giovani IV Bobba who was also of Moferrato. 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.


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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bobo Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Bobo, aged 44, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • Ella J. Bobo, aged 41, who settled in America, in 1895
  • Fred. Bobo, aged 14, who landed in America, in 1895

Bobo Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Ella Bobo, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Rosalivo Bobo, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908


  • Matthew "Matt" Bobo (b. 1977), American soccer player
  • Willie Bobo (1934-1983), American jazz percussionist
  • Eric Bobo (b. 1968), American percussionist
  • Jonah Bobo (b. 1997), American actor
  • J.B. Bobo (1910-1996), American magician
  • Elizabeth Bobo (b. 1943), American politician
  • Roger Bobo (b. 1938), renowned and critically acclaimed American tuba virtuoso and internationally respected brass pedagogue
  • Orlando Bobo (1974-2007), former American football player
  • Hubert Lee Bobo (1934-1999), American football linebacker
  • John Paul Bobo (1943-1967), United States Marine Corps second lieutenant



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  8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Bobo Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bobo 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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