Sicily, one of the oldest and most beautiful island regions of Italy, is the esteemed birthplace of numerous prominent families, including the family that bears the surname Cappola. 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 common type of family name found in Sicily is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's givenname, names derived from occupations are also found. Occupational surnames, which are less common than other types of surnames in Italy, date back to the feudal era. However, under the Feudal System, occupational names did not become hereditary until the offices themselves became hereditary. It was only after an occupation was inherited by several generations in lineal descent that occupational names came to be applied to entire families, and so became a hereditary surname. The surname Cappola is an occupational name for a maker of "coppolas," which are a type of hat. The Italian word "coppola" literally means little round hat in the Neapolitan dialect. The name Coppola could have also been a nickname type of surname given to a someone who frequently wore a "coppola."
Early Origins of the Cappola family
Early History of the Cappola family
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Cappola Spelling Variations
hundred years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations were the unsurprising result. The variations of Cappola include Coppola, Coppolelli, Coppoli, Coppoletta, Coppoletti, Coppolino, Coppolecchia, Coppolone and many more.
Early Notables of the Cappola family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cappola family to the New World and Oceana
A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Cappola: Alphonzo Coppola, who arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the SS EMS, Joseph Coppola, who arrived in New York city in 1902, Francesco and Carmela Coppola (age 8), who arrived in New York on the Orsola from Palermo on March 8, 1882..
Contemporary Notables of the name Cappola (post 1700)
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