The surname Corvo comes from the Italian word "corvo," from the Latin "corvus," meaning "raven." The name is thought to have originally been a nickname
for someone thought to resemble the bird in some way.
Early Origins of the Corvo family
The surname Corvo was first found in Abruzzi, a region of farming provinces in the Appenines of south central Italy. In ancient times it was part of the Duchy of Spoleto. Under the Normans
about 1080 it became part of Apulia, with the capital being that of Sulmona. Later, about 1300, it became part of the Angevin kingdom of Naples. 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 Corvo family were the barons of Cerviglione and held the castle of Carceri out side Sulmona.
Early History of the Corvo family
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Corvo Spelling Variations
Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations
. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Corvo include Corvo, Corvino, Corvini and others.
Early Notables of the Corvo family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Corvo family to the New World and Oceana
In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Corvo
Corvo Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Cesario Corvo, aged 15, who emigrated to the United States from Melilli, Sicily, in 1907
- Francino Corvo, aged 16, who landed in America from Vatolla, Italy, in 1907
- Innocenzo Corvo, aged 29, who emigrated to America from Penna Ceverna, Italy, in 1907
- Domenico Corvo, aged 28, who landed in America from Stella, Italy, in 1911
- Grazia Corvo, aged 8, who emigrated to the United States from S. Caterina, Sicily, in 1912
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Contemporary Notables of the name Corvo (post 1700)
- Joe Corvo (b. 1977), American professional (NHL) hockey player
- Mark Corvo (b. 1973), Australian rugby league player