Cabral History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the ancient and beautiful Italian island of Sicily emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Cabral. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Sicily is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, and does not necessarily denote nobility.

Early Origins of the Cabral family

The surname Cabral was first found in the Sicilian city of Aragona. In 1040, Ponzo Cabrera was Viscount of Cabrera, Girona, and Anger.

Early History of the Cabral family

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Cabral Spelling Variations

Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Cabral include Cabral, Cabras, Cabrera, Cabrini, Cabrone, Cabrino, Cabrotto, Cabrotti, Cabrilli, Cabroni, Cabrillo, Cabrollo and many more.

Early Notables of the Cabral family (pre 1700)

Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Bernardo Cabrera in 1368, who was the head of a very prestigious nobility; Francesco Cabrini, a nobleman and landowner born around 1510 in Brescia; Giovanni Cabrini was a famous painter in 1510 in Bergamo...
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United States Cabral migration to the United States +

An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Cabral arrived in North America very early:

Cabral Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Juana Cabral who arrived in Peru in 1577
Cabral Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mathias Cabral and his wife Sevasriana Espino who immigrated to New Orleans in 1779
Cabral Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Elena Cabral, aged 3, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1804 [1]
  • Joas De Medeiros Cabral, who settled in New York in 1893
  • Amancio Fgo. Cabral, aged 59, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Antonio Cabral, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1896
Cabral Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Agostinho Cabral, aged 11, who landed in America from St. Michael's, in 1900
  • Adelaide Cabral, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from St Michaels, in 1902
  • Angelo Cabral, aged 32, who immigrated to the United States from St. Michael's, in 1902
  • Anna Jiagnina Cabral, aged 44, who landed in America from Portugal, in 1902
  • Anbertino Cabral, aged 11, who immigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Cabral (post 1700) +

  • Anna Escobedo Cabral (b. 1959), American diplomat, 42nd Treasurer of the United States (2005 to 2009)
  • Stephen Cabral, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Rhode Island 1st District, 2000 [2]
  • Kristin Cabral, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 2008 [2]
  • Joseph J. Cabral, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1940 [2]
  • Ida Cabral, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1996, 2000 [2]
  • Antonio F. D. Cabral, American Democrat politician, Elected Massachusetts State House of Representatives Thirteenth Bristol District 2002 [2]
  • Andrea J. Cabral, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 2008 [2]
  • Juan Cabral (b. 1978), Argentine film director
  • Luis Cabral (b. 1983), Paraguayan international footballer
  • Alejandro Ariel Cabral (b. 1987), Argentine football left-footed centre midfielder
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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