Cappola History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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
The surname Cappola was first found in the 11th century, at Amalfi, a coastal town south of Naples.
Early History of the Cappola family
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Cappola 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 Cappola include Coppola, Coppolelli, Coppoli, Coppoletta, Coppoletti, Coppolino, Coppolecchia, Coppolone and many more.
Early Notables of the Cappola family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was many bishops, including Marco, Ercole, Nicola, and Francesco Coppola. Taddeo and Bernardo Coppola were senators in Messina. Other notable bearers of the Cappola surname from this era include Francesco Coppoli, a politician in Perugia during the 14th century...
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Migration of the Cappola family
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) +
- Pasquale Cappola, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1952 (alternate), 1956, 1960, 1964 
- Norma Cappola, American Republican politician, Member of New Jersey Republican State Committee, 2000; Candidate for Presidential Elector for New Jersey, 2000 
- Helen Cappola, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1984 
- Christine A. Cappola, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1984 
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