The surname Colombo 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 Colombo family
The surname Colombo 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 Colombo family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colombo research.Another 253 words (18 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 Colombo History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Colombo 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 Colombo 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 Colombo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Colombo family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Colombo Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Alessandro Colombo, who arrived in America on November 21, 1887 aboard the "La Champagne"
Colombo Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Agostino Colombo, aged 21, who landed in America from Milano, Italy, in 1907
- Abbondio Colombo, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Chiavazza, Italy, in 1908
- Achille Colombo, aged 36, who landed in America from Sacconage, Italy, in 1911
- Adele Colombo, aged 23, who emigrated to America from Cuggiono, Italy, in 1911
- Alessandro Colombo, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Beffalora, Italy, in 1911
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Contemporary Notables of the name Colombo (post 1700)
- Charles Martin Colombo (1920-1986), American soccer player
- Angelo Martino Colombo (1935-2014), Italian professional footballer
- Emilio Colombo (1920-2013), Italian politician, Prime Minister of Italy from 1970 to 1972
- Corrado Colombo (b. 1979), Italian footballer
- Luca Colombo (b. 1984), Italian football player
- Angelo Colombo (b. 1961), former Italian footballer
- Roberto Colombo, former Italian Grand Prix motorcycle racer
- Realdo Colombo, Italian anatomist and surgeon from the 16th century
- Giuseppe "Bepi" Colombo, Italian mathematician
- Giovanni Colombo (1902-1992), Italian Cardinal and Archbishop of Milan
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