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From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Tuscany emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Capini family. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. 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 common type of family name found in Tuscany is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Capini is a name for person who was the chief of the head from the Italian personal name Capo.

Capini Early Origins



The surname Capini was first found in Florence (Italian: Firenze), where earliest records show Tenzone Caponsacco lived with his family in 1071. Other important people include Francesco Capi of Siena, a theologian who became Archbishop of Venice in 1461; Giacomo Capi was a knight in Mantua during the 15th century; Giovanni Francesco Capi was a knight and diplomat in Mantua around the same time.

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Capini Spelling Variations


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Capini Spelling Variations



In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations in the name Capini include Capo, Capone, Caponi, Caponio, Caponetto, Caponetti, Caponnetto, Capoccia, Capi, Capozzi, Capocci, Capoccetti, Capoccioni, Capozza, Capozzo, Capozio and many more.

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Capini Early History


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Capini Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Capini research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1404, 1391, 1532, 1612, 1610, 1812 and 1821 are included under the topic Early Capini History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Capini Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Capini Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Ludovico Capi of Mantua worked for the House of Savoy in 1532; Giulio Capone of Otratanto was a prominent theologian and lawyer in 1612; Ridolfo Capoferro or Capo Ferro of Cagli, Italian fencing...

Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Capini Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Early records show that people bearing the name Capini arrived in North America quite early: Antonia Capozza, aged 40, who arrived at Ellis Island from Laviano in 1897; Agostino Capozza, aged 40, who arrived at Ellis Island in 1896; Domenico Capuano, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1843.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    2. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    3. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    4. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    8. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    9. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The Capini Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Capini 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.

    This page was last modified on 18 December 2013 at 14:24.

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