Colomba has various stocks, in Turin and Cuneo, in the Udine area, in the Lecce area and in Sicily, in the Trapani, Palermo and Catania areas, Colombella, almost unique, is southern, Colombelli is characteristic of the Milanese, Milan and Pozzuolo Martesana, and of the Bergamo area. , of Zanica, Stezzano and Bergamo, Colombi is concentrated in a massive way in Lombardy, but strains are also identified in Liguria, Tuscany and Emilia, Colombina, very very rare, it would seem of the Vicenza area, Colombini is above all Lombard, but it is heavily present also in the province of Verona, in Liguria, and Tuscany, Colombino has a lineage between Savona and Genoa, a Florentine lineage and one in Sassari and in the Sassari area, Colombo is a panitalian surname although prevalently present in the central north and in Sicily, Columbo has one stock in Bari and one in Comiso in Ragusa. All these surnames should derive, directly or through various hypocoristic forms, from the late Latin name Columbus, Columba, from its hypocoristic Columbinus, Columbina, but also from nicknames linked to toponyms such as: Colombano nel rovigoto or San Colombano nel milanese immersed in the lodigiano, or others similar, it must be borne in mind that in the province of Milan, the foundlings were sometimes given a similar surname, relating to their being, without fault and pure as doves. additions provided by Mario Colombo - Borsano Historical Research Group In past centuries, the symbol of the Ospedale Maggiore in Milan, on which the Brefotrofio depended (Pia Casa degli Esposti and Partorienti in Santa Caterina alla Ruota) was a dove, so it was established the habit of calling culumbìtt (or colombitt, in the spelling used by Cherubini in his dialectal vocabulary) the little guests. From this popular habit derived that, which became a rule until 1825, to attribute to the children, always and systematically, the surname Colombo (or even Colombi or Colombini). The dove on the emblem of the "Ca 'Granda" derives from being the hospital dedicated to the blessed virgin Mary "Annunciata". Still today on the entrance portal of the Statale University (Via Sforza and Festa del Perdono) you can see the bas-relief that brings the archangel Gabriel on one side, the virgin Mary on the other and in the center the Holy Spirit "in the form of a dove ".
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