The family originates in Torre del Greco, near Naples and in the shade of the Vesuvio. The patronymic small "d" in front of the surname usually indicates a certain degree of nobility but it is not clear whether it really corresponds to a nobiliary title. The genealogycal researches in the original places are severely limited by some destructions occurred in those areas not only because of fires but also by wars and revolutions in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Today there are two main zones where this surname is used in Italy. One is Friuli, and specially Tolmezzo, with some 90 (!) presences and the other is Naples and Torre del Greco with some 30 presences. The presence in Friuli is clearly due to the massive migrations from the south to the northern Italy starting from the beginning of the 20th century.
A third possibility of finding some relatives comes from the the emigration of the two brothers Michele and Vincenzo to America in 1904 and 1908. A simple query to the American white pages gives a quite consistent number of d'Orlandos in the States. Who knows whether there is some lost cousin there ?
Let our little bottle float ...