The distinguished surname Longobardi 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 Longobardi 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 Longobardi family
The surname Longobardi 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.
Early History of the Longobardi family
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Longobardi Spelling Variations
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 Longobardi are 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 Longobardi 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 Longobardi Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Longobardi family to the New World and Oceana
Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Longobardi or a variant listed above:
Longobardi Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Annum Longobardi, aged 21, who settled in America, in 1892
- Domenico Longobardi, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894
- Antonio Longobardi, aged 14, who settled in America from Magnano del Cardinale, in 1898
Longobardi Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Carmine Longobardi, aged 0, who landed in America, in 1902
- Antonietta Longobardi, aged 1, who landed in America from Naples, in 1902
- Alfonsina Longobardi, aged 1, who emigrated to the United States from Napoli, Italy, in 1907
- Angelo Longobardi, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from S. Valentino, Italy, in 1910
- Domenico Longobardi, aged 27, who settled in America from Lettera, Italy, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Longobardi (post 1700)
- Joseph J. Longobardi (b. 1930), United States federal judge on the United States District Court for the District of Delaware
- Cristian Longobardi (b. 1982), Italian footballer who has played professionally since 2001
- Marcelo Longobardi (b. 1961), Argentine journalist and founder of the magazine "Apertura" in 1982