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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016

Origins Available: English, Italian


Capone is an old Anglo-Saxon name that was given to a person who was a poultry farmer, having derived from the Old French word Capone. The surname also has origins as a nickname, which refers to a young hen.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Capone has been recorded under many different variations, including Capon, Capun, Capoun, Caponne, Capunne, Caponn, Cappon and many more.

First found in Cambridgeshire, where one of the first records of the name was Simon Capun was listed in the Feet of Fines in 1227.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Capone research. Another 357 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1273, 1382, 1400, 1539, 1500, 1541, 1757, 1800, 1862, 1757, 1827, 1557, 1530, 1533, 1539, 1480 and 1550 are included under the topic Early Capone History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 83 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Capone Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Capone or a variant listed above:

Capone Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Almerindo Capone, aged 21, who emigrated to America from Torre Nocelli, in 1899

Capone Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Alestio Capone, aged 25, who settled in America from Pratololerra, Italy, in 1904
  • Amelia Capone, aged 8, who landed in America from Torre le Nocelle, Avellino, in 1908
  • Alessandro Capone, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Montella, Italy, in 1910
  • Agoreta Capone, aged 40, who settled in America from Battifesglia, Italy, in 1910
  • Almerindo Capone, aged 29, who landed in America from Civita C., Italy, in 1913


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  • Warren Capone (b. 1951), professional American football linebacker
  • Ralph "Bottles" Capone Sr. (1894-1974), American Chicago mobster and an older brother of Al Capone
  • Frank Capone (1895-1924), Chicago mobster who participated in the attempted takeover of Cicero, Illinois by his brother Al Capone
  • Dominic Capone (b. 1975), American actor and producer and great-nephew of Al Capone
  • Alphonse Gabriel "Al" Capone (1899-1947), Italian-American gangster who led a Prohibition-era crime syndicate
  • Sheila Capone, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Hampshire, 1996
  • Francesco Capone, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 2008
  • Alfred F. Capone, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1996
  • Ade Capone (1958-2015), Italian comic book writer
  • Claudio Capone (1952-2008), Italian film and television programme narrator

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The Capone Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Capone 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 22 February 2016 at 18:47.

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