Surnames Colombo, Colombini, Colombatto, Colombati, Colombelli and more
The surname Colombo is one of the most common in Italy.
It was already used in the Middle Ages as a name that was given at the time of baptism alluding to the Holy Spirit that was represented by a dove to highlight purity and meekness. Thus the name was later transmitted as a surname.
Colombo, like Esposito, is also a typical surname given to abandoned children mainly in Lombardy. Between 1845 and 1864, 85,267 children (an average of 4,200 abandoned children per year) were abandoned in the Pia Casa degli Esposti e delle Partorienti in Santa Caterina alla Ruota di Milano, approximately 30% of the city’s births. The symbol of this hospital was a dove = colomba, using this resource when giving a surname to the foundlings who housed the convent.
With the addition of numerous suffixes, these surnames emerged: Colombella, Colombelli, Colombi, Colombina, Colombini, Colombino, Colombo, Columbo, Colombi, Colomba, Columbo, Colombro, Colombani, Colombari, Colombaro, Colombero, Colombera, Colombatto, Colombati.