Show ContentsCapra History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Piedmont emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Capra 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 Piedmont 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 Capra is a name for a goat, having derived its origin from the Italian word capra.

Early Origins of the Capra family

The surname Capra was first found in the year 1100, when the Caprìs family lived in the region.

Early History of the Capra family

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Capra Spelling Variations

Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Capra include Capra, Cavra, Crava, Chiabra, Caprini, Caprino, Caprin, Caprìs, Caprioli, Capriolo, Capriotti, Capruzzi, Caproni, Capraro, Caprari, Caprara, Caprile, Caprili, Capraliano, Capraliana, Capraliàn, Capraliani, Capriati, Cavrini, Cavrotti, Cavrulli, Cavriani, Cravetti, Cravini, Cravino, Cravìn, Cravotta, Capraia, Craviotto, Cravari, Cravarolo, Craveri, Cravero, Chiabrero, Chiabrera and many more.

Early Notables of the Capra family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Anselmo and Rodolfo Capraia, brothers who were knights in Buggiano around 1203; Benedetto Capra was a famous author in Perugia in the 14th century; Bartolomeo della Capra of Crema was the secretary of Pope Innocenzo VII in 1360; Francesco della Capra was a politician in Milan in 1448 who had close...
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Capra Ranking

In the United States, the name Capra is the 17,842nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Capra migration to the United States +

Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Capra, or a variant listed above:

Capra Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alessandro Capra, aged 48, who landed in America from Torino, Italy, in 1899
Capra Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Angelantonio Capra, aged 37, who immigrated to the United States from S. Polo Matese, Italy, in 1904
  • Angelantonio Capra, aged 37, who landed in America from S. Polo Matese, Italy, in 1904
  • Biccardo Capra, aged 30, who settled in America from Santonio, in 1904
  • Barachino Teresa Capra, aged 63, who landed in America from Tuneo, in 1906
  • Antonio Capra, aged 29, who landed in America from S. Polo Mateso, Cbasso, in 1907
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Contemporary Notables of the name Capra (post 1700) +

  • Chanel Capra (b. 1978), American screenwriter, actor and film producer
  • Frank Warner Capra (1934-2007), American studio executive, son of Frank Capra
  • Lee William "Buzz" Capra (1947-1971), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1971 to 1977
  • Francis Capra (b. 1983), American actor
  • Fritjof Capra (b. 1939), Austrian-born American physicist
  • Beatrice "Trice" Capra (b. 1992), American professional tennis player
  • Paul C. Capra, American Republican politician, Candidate for Mayor of New Haven, Connecticut, 1969 [2]
  • John Capra, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 2004 [2]
  • Frank Capra (1897-1991), Academy Award winning Italian-American film director

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