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Where did the English Capulet family come from? What is the English Capulet family crest and coat of arms? When did the Capulet family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Capulet family history?

The name Capulet is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in the village named Caplewood, which is the place-name for the wooded area that stood beside the chapel.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Capulet are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Capulet include: Caplewood, Capulwode, Capilwode, Capelwood and many more.

First found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Capulet research. Another 409 words(29 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1500, 1613, and 1616 are included under the topic Early Capulet History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Capulet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Capulet or a variant listed above: a number of settlers who arrived in the New World by the 19th century.

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The Capulet Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Capulet Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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