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From the historical and enchanting Italian region of the islands of Sicily emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Palumbo 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 Palumbo is a name for a person with the characteristics of a butterfly; a flighty, frivolous fellow. The surname Palumbo is derived from the Italian word "palombo," which means a "ring dove," or "palombella," which means a "wood pigeon."


The surname Palumbo 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 Palumbo 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.

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


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Palumbo research. Another 389 words (28 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 Palumbo History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Palumbo Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Sebastine Palumbo, who was naturalized in Erie county, Pennsylvania in 1882
  • Giacomo Palumbo, who came to New York aboard the "SS Anglia," arriving April 13, 1891
  • Addolorato Palumbo, aged 39, who landed in America from Italy, in 1892
  • Marcellino Palumbo, who sailed on the "SS Alesia" from Naples, arriving in New York on March 22, 1893

Palumbo Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alessandro Palumbo, aged 42, who emigrated to the United States from Terradura, in 1903
  • Alessio Palumbo, aged 48, who landed in America from Reccopiemonte, Italy, in 1907
  • Adamo Nicola Palumbo, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from S. Angelo in Grotta, Italy, in 1910
  • Alfonso Palumbo, aged 47, who landed in America from Frosolone, Italy, in 1911
  • Alfonso Palumbo, aged 39, who emigrated to the United States from Grotte, Sicily, in 1912
  • ...

  • Tom Palumbo (b. 1921), Italian-American photographer and film director
  • Ruth Ann Palumbo (b. 1949), American politician from Kentucky
  • John Palumbo (b. 1956), American businessman and motivational speaker
  • Joe Palumbo (b. 1929), American college football player
  • Dave Palumbo (b. 1968), American bodybuilder
  • Daryl Palumbo (b. 1979), American musician
  • Francisco Minà Palumbo (1814-1899), Italian naturalist
  • Angy Palumbo (d. 1960), Italian musician and composer
  • Giuseppe Palumbo (b. 1975), Italian racing cyclist
  • Enrique Loedel Palumbo (1901-1962), Uruguyan-Argentine physicist
  • ...

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    Other References

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    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    6. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    8. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    9. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    10. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
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    The Palumbo Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Palumbo Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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