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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.

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The surname Longo was 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.

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.


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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.

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

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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


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  • 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)
  • Patricia Longo (b. 1937), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 2004, 2008; Member of Republican National Committee from Connecticut, 2008
  • Michael A. Longo, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Killingly; Elected 1948
  • Louis Longo, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 40th District, 1954
  • Joseph S. Longo, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Norwich; Elected 1948; Superior Court Judge in Connecticut, 1964
  • Jean A. Longo, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1980
  • Frank J. Longo, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 61st District, 2004
  • Frank J. Longo Sr., American Democrat politician, Mayor of Bristol, Connecticut, 1975
  • August J. P. Longo, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2004, 2008

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  2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
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  5. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
  6. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  9. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
  10. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
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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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