There are two origins for the Surname “PALMA”
Although people were originally known only by first name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as the population grew and travel became more frequent.
PALMA FROM SPAIN
The name Palma, Palmas, Palmer, LaPalma, de La Palma, De Palma, Palmar, ect. The surname Palma originated form Castile castle which is located in northern central Spain. Castile, was an important Christian Kingdom of the medieval Spain. Castile was also very important during the Christian re-conquest of Spain when the Spanish overturned Muslim rule and it was where the Visigothic also known as the Visigoth where nobles resided and Christianity took over. This was under the Lordship of Fernando (Ferdinand I) “The Great” (El Grande) during the Jimenez/Navarrian dynasty. Today this place is known as Central Portugal. The surname Palma was first given as a great distinction and indicative to those of Nobel ancestry.
PALMA FROM ITALY
The name Palma, Palmas, Palmer, Palmeri , Palmaro, Palmerini, Palerino, ect. The surname Palma was first found in Naples formerly Napoli or Neapolis which use to be the capital kingdom of two Sicilies in Southern Italy. Research shows that the records of the surname Palma going back to 1190 who people in the past would take their surnames from the place they currently lived within. Trancredi di Riccardi di Palma embarked on the first Crusade and was also a Prince of the Holy Land. The surname Palma was first given as a great distinction and indicative to those of Nobel ancestry as they also did in Spain.
A couple of first settlers of this surname were:
- Antonio De Palma who arrived in Espanola in 1512
- Luis De Palma who came to the Dominican Republic in 1565
- Juan De Palma who immigrated to Honduras in 1593