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The surname Palumbo is derived from the Italian word
Palombo, which means a ring dove, or Palombella, which
means a wood pigeon. The name Palumbo comes from
Sicily, one of the oldest and most beautiful regions of Italy.
Bearers of Palumbo were first found in Bari, a port city
located on the southern tip of the Italian peninsula.
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.The
people of this region were anciently known by only
a single name. The process of adopting fixed, hereditary
surnames in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries.


Italian surnames have a surprising number of spelling variations, reflecting regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language. Additional spelling changes occurred when the medieval scribes and church officials wrote names down. The variations of Palumbo include Palumbe, Palomba, Palombella, Palombi, Palombini, Palombino, Palumberi, Palumbieri, and others.

During the Napoleonic era, the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies was reestablished, and Sicily became a kingdom under King Ferdinand I of Sicily.

 The earliest records of the surname Palumbo, show the family in Leece where they were also anciently seated. Bearers of this surname during this era include Nicola-Vincenzo Palumbo, head judge in 1584 and government representative of the noble class in 1595. His son Gabriele Palumbo was a representative on the nobility in 1638 and then in 1648. Fabio Palumbo, also of this family, was leader of the noble class in Bari in 1615 and 1620. Antonio Palumbo of Bari was head judge in 1632, Captain of the military in 1636, and representative of the noble class in 1642. Ludovico Palumbo owned the territory of Saint Biagio in Basilicata, and his descendants were recorded in Lucca until the last record of Giovan-Vincenzo in 1849. Fabio Palumbo was Bishop of Conversano in the early 18th century; Giovan-Domenico Palumbo was officially granted the title of Knight in 1777. Constantine Palumbo was a pianist born in 1843, and composed two great operas: “Maria Stuarda” and “Pier Luigi Farnese”. Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was the Palumbo family of Bari.

Prior to the Italian unification of 1861, few Italians made the long journey to the New World. But by the late 19th and 20th century, millions of emigrants had left the Italian peninsula for North America. Some of the earliest settlers of North America to bear the Palumbo name, or variations upon it include Giacomo Palumbo, who came to New York aboard the SS Anglia, arriving April 13, 1891. Marcellino Palumbo, who sailed on the SS Alesio from Naples, arriving in NY on March 22,1893 and Sabastine Palumbo, who was Naturalized in Erie County, Pennsylvania in 1882.

 Some of the more prominent bearers of this surname in recent times include: Dennis James Palumbo, a political writer born in 1929; Antonio J. Palumbo, Pennsylvania philanthropist; as well as Giuseppe Palumbo, an Art Historian living in Rome as of 1973; Peter Garth Palumbo (b.1935), Baron Palumbo, property developer, art collector and architecture connoisseur.

 The coat of arms found for a bearer of the Palumbo surname did not include a motto. Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and many families have chosen not to display a motto.

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