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Where did the Italian Romano family come from? What is the Italian Romano family crest and coat of arms? When did the Romano family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Romano family history?


Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Romano include Romano, Romani, Romàn, Romanèlli, Romanelli, Romanello, Romanèllo, Romaniéllo, Romanéti, Romanetti, Romanini, Romanino, Romanin, Romanucci, Romanazzi, Romanatti, Romanuto and many more.

First found in Naples, (Italian: Napoli, Latin: Neapolis) where Alatrino Romano became Baron of the city of Naples in 1286. An admiral bearing the name of Romano lived around the year 1316. He was promoted to this rank by King Roberto D'Angi.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Romano research. Another 113 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1484, 1490, 1546, 1654 and 1718 are included under the topic Early Romano History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 223 words(16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Romano Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Romano or a variant listed above:

Romano Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alonso Romano, who arrived in America in 1811
  • Jose Vicente Romano, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816
  • Francisco Romano, who landed in Peru in 1834
  • T B Romano, aged 36, landed in New Orleans, La in 1854
  • Alfonso Romano, aged 38, who landed in America from Prato, Italy, in 1892

Romano Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Antonio Romano, aged 44, who landed in America from Scella, in 1900
  • Carlo Romano, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States from Cantie, in 1900
  • Carlo Romano, aged 7, who settled in America from Roiano, in 1900


  • Christy Carlson Romano (b. 1984), American actress
  • Ray Romano (b. 1957), Emmy Award-winning American actor and stand-up comedian
  • Tony Romano (b. 1988), American NHL ice hockey player
  • Aldo Romano (b. 1941), Italian jazz drummer
  • Lalla Romano (1906-2001), Italian novelist, poet, and journalist
  • Guido Romano (1887-1916), Italian Olympic gold medalist for gymnastics at the 1912 games
  • Carla Romano (b. 1969), Scottish producer and journalist
  • Gerardo Romano (b. 1946), Argentine actor
  • Angel Romano (1894-1972), Uruguayan footballer
  • Benito Romano (b. 1950), Puerto Rican lawyer


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  1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
  2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  6. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
  7. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
  8. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  9. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  10. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
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The Romano Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Romano 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.

This page was last modified on 9 May 2015 at 10:59.

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