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Meaning "captain," this name began as a nickname in the Medieval Ages, probably for someone who actually was a ship's captain, or perhaps for someone who acted in some way like a captain. The variations which begin with "Catt-" appear mostly in Tuscany and Naples, and, as is the custom for all Italian names, those that end in "i" are from the north, while those that end in "o" are from the south.

Early Origins of the Capistrano family


The surname Capistrano was first found in the southern part of the province of Emilia for the most part, though the name also appears elsewhere in Italy.

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Early History of the Capistrano family

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Early History of the Capistrano family


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Another 320 words (23 lines of text) covering the year 1544 is included under the topic Early Capistrano History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Capistrano Spelling Variations

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Capistrano Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Capitani, Capitanio, Capitaneo, Cattaneo, Cattanei, Cattano, Cattani, Cattagni, Capitanelli, Capitanucci and many more.

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Early Notables of the Capistrano family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Capistrano family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Capistrano family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Capistrano family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Capistrano Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Giovannd Capistrano, aged 11, who settled in America, in 1894

Capistrano Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Nicola Capistrano, aged 20, who landed in America from Pisticci, Italy, in 1913
  • Almeria Capistrano, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1919

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