Last name origins & meanings:
- French and English (also common in Ireland): ethnic name for
someone from Lombardy in Italy. The region is named for the Germanic
tribe which overran the area in the 6th century ad. Their
name is attested only in the Latinized form Langobardi, but is
clearly a Germanic name meaning ‘long beards’. Early immigrants from
Lombardy to London were often involved in banking and moneylending,
and the name came to be used from the 14th century onward as a generic
term for a financier.
- In Canada, the name is found in Quebec City, coming from Savoy,
France, by 1722.
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