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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.

Capra Early Origins



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

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Capra Spelling Variations


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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.

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Capra Early History


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Capra Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Capra research. Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Capra History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Capra Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Capra Early Notables (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...

Another 65 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Capra Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 emigrated 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Capra (post 1700)


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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
  • John Capra, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 2004
  • Frank Capra (1897-1991), Academy Award winning Italian-American film director

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    8. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    9. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    10. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    11. ...

    The Capra Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Capra 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.

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