Calabro History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the ancient and beautiful Italian island of Sicily emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Calabro. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt 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 were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Sicily is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, and does not necessarily denote nobility. The Calabro family lived in Viterbo.

Early Origins of the Calabro family

The surname Calabro was first found in the southern region of Sicily.

Early History of the Calabro family

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Calabro Spelling Variations

Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Calabro include Calabria, Calabrèse, Calabrese, Calabrèsi, Calabresi, Càlabri, Calabri, Calabra, Calabrètta, Calabretta, Calabr and many more.

Early Notables of the Calabro family (pre 1700)

Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Vincenzo Calabro, who was a civic senator in Messina in 1656, 1659, and in 1664. Giuseppe Calabro...
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United States Calabro migration to the United States +

An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Calabro arrived in North America very early:

Calabro Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Vincent Calabro, who arrived in Mississippi in 1891 [1]
Calabro Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Antonino Calabro, aged 17, who landed in America from Branealeone, Italy, in 1904
  • Angela Calabro, aged 35, who landed in America from Oliveri, Italy, in 1907
  • Anna Calabro, aged 24, who settled in America from S. Eufernia, Italy, in 1907
  • Andrea Calabro, aged 26, who settled in America from Carlentini, Italy, in 1908
  • Aihorio Calabro, aged 31, who landed in America from Delia, Sicily, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Calabro (post 1700) +

  • Sal Calabro, American cosmetic surgeon based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Louis Calabro (1926-1991), Italian American orchestral composer, born in Brooklyn, New York who studied piano and composition at Juilliard School of Music
  • Kevin Calabro (b. 1956), American play-by-play announcer and talk show host based in Seattle, Washington
  • Neill Calabro (b. 1960), American screenwriter, film director, actor, and musician
  • Marian Calabro, American author and publisher of history books
  • Thomas F. Calabro (b. 1959), American actor and director
  • Raffaele Calabro (1940-2017), Italian Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Andria (1988–2016)
  • Juan Carlos Calabró (1934-2013), Argentine actor and comedian from Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Iliana Calabró (b. 1966), Argentine actress
  • Richard Calabro (b. 1979), English born actor from Yorkshire, known for his work on the long running drama Children's Ward (1989) and later on Coronation Street (1960)
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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