From the historical and enchanting Italian region of the islands of Sicily
emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Palombi 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 Palombi is a name for a person with the characteristics of a butterfly; a flighty, frivolous fellow. The surname Palombi is derived from the Italian word "palombo," which means a "ring dove," or "palombella," which means a "wood pigeon."
Early Origins of the Palombi family
The surname Palombi 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 Palombi 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 Palombi family
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Palombi Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Palumbe Palomba, Palombella, Palombi, Palombini, Palombino, Palumberi and many more.
Early Notables of the Palombi family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Palombi family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Giacomo Palumbo, who came to New York aboard the SS Anglia, arriving April 13; 1891; Marcellino Palumbo, who sailed on the SS Alesia from Naples, arriving in NY on March 22.
Contemporary Notables of the name Palombi (post 1700)
- Antonello Palombi, Italian operatic tenor, best known for his role in the 2006 production of Aida