Longo last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Longo is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Longo.

Meaning of Longo

An Italian occupational surname referring to a tall or long-limbed person.

Longo, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Longo surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Longo in America

Longo is the 2864th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Longo surname appeared 12,594 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 4 people would have the surname Longo.

We can also compare 2010 data for Longo to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 2864 2731 4.75%
Count 12,594 12,122 3.82%
Proportion per 100k 4.27 4.49 -5.02%

The history of the last name Longo

The surname Longo is of Italian origin and derives from the Italian word "lungo," meaning "long" or "tall." It was likely initially used as a descriptive nickname for someone with a tall stature.

The name Longo can be traced back to the Middle Ages, with records showing its use in various parts of Italy, particularly in the regions of Lombardy, Veneto, and Sicily. It is believed to have first emerged as a surname in the 12th or 13th century.

One of the earliest recorded instances of the name Longo appears in the "Codice Diplomatico Longobardo," a collection of documents from the Lombard period, where it is mentioned in a land transaction in Verona, dated 1179.

In the 13th century, a notable figure bearing the name Longo was Enrico Longo, a Venetian merchant and diplomat active in the mid-1200s. He is mentioned in historical records as representing the Republic of Venice in trade negotiations with other Italian city-states.

Another prominent individual with the surname Longo was Giovanni Battista Longo, a 16th-century Italian painter and architect from Naples. He was renowned for his work on churches and palaces in Naples and surrounding areas, including the Church of Santa Maria della Misericordia.

During the Renaissance period, the Longo family played a significant role in the cultural and intellectual life of Italy. One notable member was Alessandro Longo, a 16th-century humanist scholar and philosopher from Padua, born in 1525 and died in 1591.

In the 18th century, Giuseppe Longo, an Italian mathematician and astronomer from Naples, gained recognition for his contributions to the field of celestial mechanics. He was born in 1728 and died in 1804.

Another notable figure with the surname Longo was Gennaro Longo, an Italian painter and sculptor from Naples, active in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He is known for his works adorning various churches and public buildings in Naples and its surroundings.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Longo

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Longo.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Longo was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 92.42% 11,639
Non-Hispanic Black Only 1.24% 156
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.55% 69
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.14% 18
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 0.93% 117
Hispanic Origin 4.72% 594

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Longo has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 92.42% 94.27% -1.98%
Black 1.24% 0.70% 55.67%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.55% 0.33% 50.00%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.14% 0.09% 43.48%
Two or More Races 0.93% 1.34% -36.12%
Hispanic 4.72% 3.28% 36.00%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Longo was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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