From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Piedmont
emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Caprara 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 Caprara is a name for a goat, having derived its origin from the Italian word capra.
Early Origins of the Caprara family
The surname Caprara was first found in the year 1100, when the Caprìs family lived in the region.
Early History of the Caprara family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Caprara research.Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Caprara History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Caprara 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 Caprara 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 Caprara 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... Another 65 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Caprara Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Caprara family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Caprara, or a variant listed above: Mr. Capraliàn, who arrived in New York city in 1882; Antonio Capra, aged 38, who arrived at Ellis Island
from S.Polo, Italy, in 1921; Attilio Capra, aged 18, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Pescantina, Italy, in 1914.
Contemporary Notables of the name Caprara (post 1700)
- Giovanni Caprara (b. 1962), Italian women's volleyball coach (2005-2008)
- Giovanni Battista Caprara Montecuccoli (1733-1810), Italian statesman, cardinal and Archbishop of Milan from 1802 to 1810