Pombo is a portuguese / galician word meaning "pigeon". There are logically several families with the same name, all of them of Portuguese/galician origin.
The best known and oldest of these is from galicia, where there are records
of members from the family since early 11th. century. The
legend has it that in the famous (and probably legendary)
battle of alarcos,in the 9th. century, the Sire of
Pombo carried te royal banner.
The pombo family has established itself in many places in the world. In
Colombia, in Argentina, In the USA, but the best known branch
set up a family in the town of Sahagun, in present day Palencia, in Spain in the 17th. century.
From there, at the beginning of the 1800's the
family estalished an network of interests in all northern Spain, with
brother setting up their families and commercial intereests
in Santander (Juan Pombo, later marquess of Casa Pombo), Valladolid, Palencia and sahagun itself.
By the mid 1800 the Pombo Brothers were the largest taxpayers in Northern Spain and the biggest
producers and exporters of flour, especially to USA and Cuba.
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