The Italian surname Lombardi is an ethnic name for someone from Lombardy, specifically, or more generally for someone from northern Italy. This province within Italy, was from the 5th century a.d. peopled by a Gaulish tribe called the 'Langobardi' who arrived from Northern Germany and drove out the then occupants of the area. The earliest record of the name or a variant was Pietro Lombardo, a theologian born around the year 1100. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1885 when Antonio Lombardi arrived in Mississippi from Italy. Today there are approximately 14,000 bearers of the name Lombardi living in the US.
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