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 traditional type of family name found in the region of the Papal States 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 Longa came from a person who was tall and thin. The surname Longo is derived from the Old Italian word longo, which means long, tall.
Early Origins of the Longa family
Early History of the Longa family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Longa research. More information is included under the topic Early Longa History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Longa Spelling Variations
Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations were the unsurprising result. The variations of Longa include Longo, Longhi, Luongo, Lungo, Lunghi, Slongo, Del Lungo, Della Lunga, Del Luongo, Longhini, Longhin, Lunghini, Lungherini, Longhetti, Lunghetti, Longoni and many more.
Early Notables of the Longa family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Guglielmo Longhi, Cardinal of Rome in 1294; Martino Longhi the Elder (1534-1591) was an Italian architect; and his son, Onorio Longhi (1568-1619), an Italian architect; and his son, Martino Longhi the Younger (1602-1660), an Italian architect of the Baroque period. Luca Longhi (1507-1580) was...
Another 77 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Longa Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Longa family to the New World and Oceana
An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Longa or a variant listed above: Teresa Longhi, who was recorded in New York city in 1842, and C. Longi, who was a passenger on a ship arriving at San Francisco in 1852.
Longa Family Crest Products