Paloma History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the historical and enchanting Italian region of the islands of Sicily emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Paloma family. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt 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 were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most common type of family name found in Sicily 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 Paloma is a name for a person with the characteristics of a butterfly; a flighty, frivolous fellow. The surname Paloma is derived from the Italian word "palombo," which means a "ring dove," or "palombella," which means a "wood pigeon."

Early Origins of the Paloma family

The surname Paloma was first found in Bari, a port city located on the southern tip of the Italian peninsula. This ancient city is known for the Cathedral of St. Sabino begun in 1034. In Roman times, Bari was the junction between the coast road and Via Traiana. Its harbor is mentioned back in 180 B.C. It was a crusader town occupied by the Norman Robert Guiscard in 1071. The town later acquired prosperity under Frederick II. The Palumbo family was originally of Avignone. Records of the Paloma family are found with Giovanni Palumbo, a lawyer who brought his family to Bari in 1530, and was later raised to the nobility. Sons Lodovico and Mario gave the family two distinct branches.

Early History of the Paloma family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Paloma research. Another 152 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1584, 1595, 1615, 1620, 1632, 1636, 1638, 1642, 1648, 1777, 1843, and 1849 are included under the topic Early Paloma History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Paloma Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Palumbe Palomba, Palombella, Palombi, Palombini, Palombino, Palumberi and many more.

Early Notables of the Paloma family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Paloma Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Paloma migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Paloma Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Juan de Paloma who landed in Nicaragua in 1561
Paloma Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Pedro Paloma, who arrived in Rio de Is Plata in 1835 [1]
  • Juan De Paloma, who landed in Nicaragua in 1861 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Paloma (post 1700) +

  • Anne Paloma Picasso (b. 1949), French/Spanish fashion designer
  • Paloma Faith (b. 1981), English singer and actress
  • Paloma Kwiatkowski (b. 1994), Canadian Leo Award winning actress from Vancouver, BC, known for her roles in Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) and The Christmas Calendar (2017)
  • Paloma Arranz Santamarta (b. 1969), Spanish team handball player at the 1992 Summer Olympics
  • Paloma Bloyd (b. 1988), American actress from Chicago, Illinois, known for her roles in The Cold Light of Day (2012) No Rest for the Wicked (2011)


  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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