Lupo History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Lupo 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. 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. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Lupo came from the Latin name lupus, which means wolf.

Early Origins of the Lupo family

The surname Lupo was first found in the ancient city of Orvieto, with the Lupicini family, one of the 100 noble families in the city in 1025.

Early History of the Lupo family

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Lupo 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 Lupo include Lupo, Lupi, Lupis, Luppi, Luppo, Luppis, Lovo, Lupelli, Lupetti, Lupatti, Lupattelli, Lupini, Lupino, Lupicini, Lupoli, Luppoli, Lupori, Luporini, Luparini, Luperini, Lupone, Lupati, Lupacchino, Luparello, Lupieri, Lovelli, Lovini, Luvini, Lovotti, Luvotti, Luvotto, Lovatti, Lovattini, Lovari, Lovarini, Lovati, Lovato and many more.

Early Notables of the Lupo family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Bernardino dal Vasto Lupacchino, a 16th century madrigal composer. Also prominent were members of the Lupo family, who were famous for their musical talents from 1540 to 1640. Of this family was Ambroso da Milan Lupo, a violinist, who produced four sons, also violinists. Tommaso Lupi of Pisa was a famous novelist and grammar teacher in 1602...
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United States Lupo migration to the United States +

Immigrants bearing the name Lupo or a variant listed above include:

Lupo Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Albiano Lupo, who settled in Virginia in 1610
  • Albiano Lupo, who landed in Virginia in 1610 [1]
  • Elizabeth Lupo, who landed in Virginia in 1616 [1]
  • Elizabeth Lupo, who arrived in Virginia in 1616
  • Phillip Lupo, who settled in Virginia in 1621
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Lupo Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Joe Lupo, who arrived in Louisiana sometime between 1892 and 1910
  • Rosa Lupo, who arrived in Louisiana sometime between 1892 and 1910
  • Andrea Lupo, aged 40, who immigrated to the United States from Capestrano, Italy, in 1910
  • Agatina Lupo, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States from Bronte, Sicily, in 1911
  • Andrea Lupo, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States from Anletta, Italy, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Lupo (post 1700) +

  • Samuel Eldred Lupo (b. 1933), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Guinea, 1987-90
  • Frank Lupo, American television writer and producer
  • Peter Lupo (1535-1608), Italian viol player and composer
  • Michele Lupo (1932-1989), Italian film director
  • Alberto Lupo (1924-1984), Italian film actor
  • Jacob Holm Lupo (b. 1971), Norwegian guitarist, composer and producer
  • Ambrosio Lupo (d. 1591), court musician and composer to the English court
  • Thomas Lupo (1571-1627), English composer and viol player of the late Elizabethan and Jacobean eras


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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