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Lunghi History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Lunghi 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 Lunghi 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 Lunghi family

The surname Lunghi 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 Lunghi family

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Lunghi 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 Lunghi 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 Lunghi 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...
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Migration of the Lunghi 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 Lunghi 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.

Contemporary Notables of the name Lunghi (post 1700)

  • Emilio Lunghi (1887-1925), Italian silver medal runner in the men's 800 metres race at the 1908 Summer Olympics, the first Italian to win an Olympic medal
  • Miguel Ángel Lunghi (b. 1943), Argentine Radical Civic Union (UCR) politician
  • Natalie Lunghi (b. 1986), English actress
  • Cherie Mary Lunghi (b. 1952), English film, television and theatre actress

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