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The surname Bravo was first found in Padua (Italian: Padova, Latin: Patavium, Venetian: Padoa), on the Bacchiglione River, capital of the province of Padua. In 1175, the citizens elected the D'Este family as podesta but in 1275 Frederick II took over. The powerful families of D'Este, Camposampiero and Da Romano were the large influences. The city is rich in art, museums and galleries. Many churches exhibit works of the masters. 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. The name Bravo was recorded from about the 13th century but records are sketchy.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bravo, Bravi, di Bravi, di Bravo and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bravo research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bravo History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Alonso Bravo, who arrived in "New Spain" between 1553-1554
  • Gabriel Bravo, who arrived in Peru in 1590

Bravo Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • David Bravo, who arrived in Jamaica in 1740
  • Benjamin Bravo, who landed in Jamaica in 1740

Bravo Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Alvaro Bravo, who landed in America in 1810
  • Juan Bravo, who landed in America in 1812
  • Pedro Bravo, who arrived in America in 1816
  • Francisco Bravo, who landed in America in 1827
  • Rodrigo Bravo, who landed in America in 1828


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  • Luigi Ferrari Bravo (1933-2016), Italian professor and legal expert, Judge of International Court of Justice (1995-1997)
  • Angel Bravo (b. 1942), Venezuelan Major League Baseball player
  • Felipe Aparicio Bravo (b. 1867), Chilean literary
  • Antonio Caballero Bravo (b. 1967), Spanish boxer, who represented his country at the 1988 Summer Olympics
  • Soledad Bravo (b. 1943), renowned Venezuelan singer
  • Anselmo Bravo (b. 1900), Chilean solider in the Chilean army
  • Manuel María Palacios Bravo (b. 1891), Ecuadorian poet and ecclesiastic, listed in "Who's who in Latin America" in 1952


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  1. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
  2. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
  5. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
  6. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  7. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
  8. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
  9. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
  10. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
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The Bravo Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bravo 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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