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Cabrini 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 Cabrini. 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 Cabrini family


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

Early History of the Cabrini family


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Cabrini 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 Cabrini include Cabral, Cabras, Cabrera, Cabrini, Cabrone, Cabrino, Cabrotto, Cabrotti, Cabrilli, Cabroni, Cabrillo, Cabrollo and many more.

Early Notables of the Cabrini 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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Migration of the Cabrini family to the New World and Oceana


An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Cabrini arrived in North America very early: Melchora Cabral, and Francesca Cabrera, both of whom arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1778.

Contemporary Notables of the name Cabrini (post 1700)


  • Saint Francesca Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917), the first American citizen to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church

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