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From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Piedmont emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Caprio 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 Caprio is a name for a goat, having derived its origin from the Italian word capra.
The surname Caprio was first found in the year 1100, when the Caprìs family lived in the region.
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 Caprio 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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Caprio research. Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Caprio History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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 Caprio Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Caprios were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Caprio Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Caprio Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
The Caprio Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Caprio 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.
This page was last modified on 23 October 2015 at 10:23.