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Where did the Italian Longo family come from? What is the Italian Longo family crest and coat of arms? When did the Longo family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Longo family history?

The distinguished surname Longo originated in an area of Italy, known as the Papal States. 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 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 Longo came from a person who was tall and thin. The surname Longo is derived from the Old Italian word longo, which means long, tall.


There are many variations of most of those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. Some of these come from regional differences, like the tradition of ending northern names in "o" and southern names in "i". Others come from inaccuracies in the recording process, which were extremely common in the eras before dictionaries standardized spelling. Some of the spelling variations of Longo are Longo, Longhi, Luongo, Lungo, Lunghi, Slongo, Del Lungo, Della Lunga, Del Luongo, Longhini, Longhin, Lunghini, Lungherini, Longhetti, Lunghetti, Longoni and many more.

First found in Rome (Italian: Roma), the capital of the Kingdom of Italy, where earliest records date to the 10th century, when Giovan-Jacopo, Bonaventura, and Filippo Longhi moved out of the city.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Longo research. More information is included under the topic Early Longo History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 241 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Longo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Longo or a variant listed above:

Longo Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Manuel Longo, aged 21, landed in Puerto Rico in 1861
  • Cosme Longo, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1866

Longo Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Andrea Longo, aged 10, who emigrated to the United States from Termini, Palermo, in 1908
  • Alessandro Longo, aged 17, who landed in America from Sonnino, Italy, in 1910
  • Angela Longo, aged 40, who settled in America from Aci Castello, Sicily, in 1911
  • Alessandro Longo, aged 25, who emigrated to America from Brocco, Caserta, Italy, in 1911
  • Agostina Longo, aged 19, who landed in America from Termini, Palermo, in 1911


  • Thomas Victor Longo (1942-2015), American NFL football defensive back who played from 1969 to 1971
  • Tony Longo (1961-2015), American actor, known for Mulholland Drive (2001), How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) and The Last Boy Scout (1991)
  • Robert Longo (b. 1953), American painter and sculptor
  • Andrea Longo (b. 1975), Italian middle distance runner
  • Alessandro Longo (1864-1945), Italian composer and musicologist
  • Luigi Longo (1900-1980), also known as Gallo, an Italian communist politician
  • Annalie Antonia Longo (b. 1991), New Zealand female association football player
  • Carlos Ortiz Longo (b. 1962), current Constellation Program Division System Manager for the Structural Engineering Division at the Johnson Space Center
  • Jeannie Longo (b. 1958), female French racing cyclist, multiple (51 times) French and world champion


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The Longo Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Longo Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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