From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice
emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Cappello. 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 are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Venice
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, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Cappello family lived in the city of Ferrara, where the Cappelli family occupied many of the first seats in the Estensi Court in the 12th century.
Early Origins of the Cappello family
The surname Cappello was first found in the city of Ferrara, where the Cappelli family occupied many of the first seats in the Estensi Court in the 12th century.
Early History of the Cappello family
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Cappello 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 Cappello include Cappelli, Cappello, Cappiello, Cappella, Cappilli, Capelli, Capello, Capelle, Cappelletti, Cappelletto, Capelletti, Cappellini, Cappelìn, Cappelloni, Cappellacci, Cappellaccio, Cappellazzo, Cappellari, Cappellaro, Cappellèr, Capellari, Cappelluti and many more.
Early Notables of the Cappello family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Marino Cappello, who was a soldier in Venice
in 1336; Pasquino de Cappelli was a lawyer in Cremona in 1340; Andrea Cappello of Venice
was the mayor of Brescello from 1377 to 1411; Alvise Cappello was a soldier in Venice
in 1449; Bianco Cappello (1548-1587), was an Italian noblewoman and courtesan, mistress, and later the second wife, of Francesco I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany; Gabriele Cappellini was a well known painter in Ferrara around 1530; Pietro Capelli (died 1734), was an Italian painter of the Rococo; Felice Cappelletti (1656-1738) was an Italian... Another 105 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cappello Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cappello family to the New World and Oceana
A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Cappello:
Cappello Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Benedetto Cappello, aged 31, who arrived in America from Tarco, in 1898
Cappello Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Antonio Cappello, aged 30, who arrived in America from Nicastro, Italy, in 1904
- Antonio Cappello, aged 32, who arrived in America from Salemo, in 1905
- Alepandra Cappello, aged 26, who arrived in America from Melizzano, Italy, in 1909
- Angelo Cappello, aged 18, who arrived in America from Ragusa, Italy, in 1909
- Carmela Cappello, aged 25, who arrived in America from Ragusa, Italy, in 1911
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Contemporary Notables of the name Cappello (post 1700)
- Timmy Cappello (b. 1955), American actor and composer, known for The Lost Boys (1987), What's Love Got to Do with It (1993) and Hearts of Fire (1987)
- Frank A. Cappello, American screenwriter, film producer and director, known for his work on Constantine (2005) and He Was a Quiet Man (2007)
- Tim "Timmy" Cappello (b. 1955), American multi-instrumentalist, composer and vocalist, known for his work on The Lost Boys (1987) and What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)
- Dominic Cappello, American, Santa Fe, New Mexico based writer, designer, and educator, creator of the Ten Talks book series
- Pierluigi Cappello (1967-2017), Italian poet who won the 2010 Viareggio-Rèpaci prize for poetry with his collection Mandate a dire all'imperatore
- Gino Cappello (1920-1990), Italian footballer
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