Raimo History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The distinguished surname Raimo can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice. 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. The most common type of family name found in the region of Venice 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 Raimo came from the personal name Raimondo, which is the Italian version of Raymond. This name is of Germanic origin and means "protector with the advice of the gods." When the Lombards, a Germanic tribe, invaded Italy, they accepted the language of the higher Latin civilization with which they had come into contact. For hundreds of years they retained the Teutonic names they had brought into the territories they occupied and succeeded in imposing them upon the people over whom they ruled.
Early Origins of the Raimo family
The surname Raimo was first found in Cremona a city in Lombardy, capital of the province of Cremona. Founded by the Romans in 218 it has a checkered history. Virgil studied here. The finest building is the cathedral in the Lombard Romanesque style. It was started in 1107. There are many frescos from the 16th century. It was Austrian in 1814, but became a part of Italy in 1859. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.
Early History of the Raimo family
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Raimo Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Raimondi, Raimondo, Ramondi, Ramundo, Ramunni, Rimondi, Ramondelli, Ramondetta, Ramondini, Ramondino, Rimondini, Raimo, Raymondi and many more.
Early Notables of the Raimo family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Raimo family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Frank Raimondo, who was naturalized in Appanoose County, Iowa between the years 1866-1943; and Sam Raimondo, who was among soldiers naturalized at Camp Pike, Arkansas in 1918..
Contemporary Notables of the name Raimo (post 1700) +
- Arthur F. "Art" Raimo (1916-2001), American head college football coach, inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame (1980)
- Vincent A. Raimo, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly 22nd District, 2000 
- Joseph Raimo Jr., American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for New Jersey, 1972 
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