Gambino History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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From the historical and fascinating Italian region of Venice emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Gambino family. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt 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 are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most common type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Gambino came from a person with some peculiarity of the legs or a strange walk. The surname Gambara is derived from the late Latin word gamba, which means knee, bend, or joint.
Early Origins of the Gambino family
The surname Gambino was first found in Venice where as early as the 6th century, members of the Gambara family were leaders in the military.
Early History of the Gambino family
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Gambino 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 Gambino include Gamba, Gambi, Gambella, Gambelli, Gambetta, Gambetti, Gambitta, Gambino, Gambini, Gambin, Gambuzza, Gambozza, Gambato, Gambuti, Gambacorta, Gambadoro, Gambalesta, Gambalunga, Gambelunghe, Gambilongo, Gambacorti, Gambaloita, Gambarini, Gambazocca and many more.
Early Notables of the Gambino family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Veronica Gambara, a poet in Brescia around 1485 who was of a noble family and married the Lord of Correggio. Giovanni Gamba was a professor of literature at the University of Pisa; members of the Gambacorti family of Naples were recognized as nobility in Naples, Messina, and Sciacca; Modesto Gambacorti was the Deputy of the Reign of Sicily. Lotto Gambacorti of Pisa was...
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In the United States, the name Gambino is the 10,768th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Gambino migration to the United States +
Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Gambino or a variant listed above:
Gambino Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Antonino Gambino, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States, in 1894
- Angela Gambino, aged 5, who settled in America, in 1896
- Angela Gambino, aged 50, who landed in America from S.Margherchad Balice, in 1896
- Antonino Gambino, aged 23, who settled in America from Lercara, in 1898
- Antonino Gambino, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States from S.Agata, in 1898
Gambino Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Alessandro Gambino, aged 21, who immigrated to America from Borgetto, in 1903
- Andrea Gambino, aged 23, who landed in America from Palermo, in 1906
- Andrea Gambino, aged 6, who immigrated to America from Palermo, Italy, in 1907
- Alfonso Gambino, aged 18, who settled in America from Lieuliana, Girgenti, in 1907
- Albina Gambino, aged 34, who landed in America from Felizzano, Alessandria, in 1909
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Contemporary Notables of the name Gambino (post 1700) +
- Richard J. Gambino, American material scientist awarded the National Medal of Technology in 1995
- Frank Gambino, United States Marine awarded the Navy Cross for his actions during the Battle of Iwo Jima
- Lucien Anthony "Lu" Gambino (1923-2003), American football running back named the 1948 Gator Bowl most valuable player
- Salvatore T. Gambino, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1948, 1956 (alternate), 1960, 1964 (alternate); Mayor of Peekskill, New York; Elected 1963 
- Rose Gambino, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1964 
- Joseph Gambino, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Chesterfield, Missouri, 2011 
- Carole Gambino, American Democratic Party politician, Presidential Elector for Missouri, 1996 
- Agostino Gambino (1933-2021), Italian jurist and politician who served as Minister of Communications and President of the Associazione Internazionale di Diritto delle Assicurazioni
- Raffaello Gambino (1928-1989), Italian Olympic water polo player
- Salvatore Gambino (b. 1983), Italian-German footballer
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