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From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Tuscany emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Capizzi 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 Capizzi is a name for person who was the chief of the head from the Italian personal name Capo.

Capizzi Early Origins



The surname Capizzi 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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Capizzi Spelling Variations


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Capizzi Spelling Variations



Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations were the unsurprising result. The variations of Capizzi include Capo, Capone, Caponi, Caponio, Caponetto, Caponetti, Caponnetto, Capoccia, Capi, Capozzi, Capocci, Capoccetti, Capoccioni, Capozza, Capozzo, Capozio and many more.

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Capizzi Early History


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Capizzi Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Capizzi 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 Capizzi History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Capizzi Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Capizzi 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 Capizzi 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



Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Capizzi:

Capizzi Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Antonia Capizzi, aged 15, who emigrated to America from Senadifalio, Sicily, in 1907
  • Bernardo Capizzi, aged 23, who settled in America from Terradifalco, Italy, in 1907
  • Antonino Capizzi, aged 25, who landed in America from Monte S. Giulano, Sicily, in 1912
  • Antonio Capizzi, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Colombetta, Sicily, in 1912
  • Basilio Capizzi, aged 27, who landed in America from Librizzi, Italy, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Capizzi (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Capizzi (post 1700)



  • Anthony Capizzi, American Democrat politician from Ohio
  • Bill Capizzi (d. 2007), American voice actor
  • Duane Capizzi, American Daytime Emmy Award winning writer and television producer
  • Jason Capizzi (b. 1983), American UFL football offensive tackle

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    2. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    3. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    5. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    6. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    7. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    8. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    11. ...

    The Capizzi Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Capizzi 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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