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Where did the Italian Caprio family come from? What is the Italian Caprio family crest and coat of arms? When did the Caprio family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Caprio family history?

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.


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.

First found in the year 1100, when the Caprìs family lived in the region.


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.


Another 217 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Caprio Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Caprios were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Caprio Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Angela Caprio, aged 24, who landed in America from Lapio, in 1898

Caprio Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Concetta Caprio, aged 0, who emigrated to the United States from Caporele, in 1900
  • Antonio Caprio, aged 9, who emigrated to America from Melizzano, in 1902
  • Antonia Caprio, aged 44, who emigrated to the United States from Teora, Italy, in 1907
  • Angelo Caprio, aged 22, who settled in America from Marsicomcovo, Italy, in 1907
  • Almerica Caprio, aged 12, who emigrated to the United States from Teora, Italy, in 1908


  • Anthony S. Caprio, the American current president of Western New England University and a French language scholar
  • Judge Frank Caprio (b. 1936), the American television judge on ABC's Caught in Providence
  • David A. Caprio (b. 1967), American attorney and Rhode Island State Representative
  • Giuseppe Caprio (1914-2005), Italian cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church


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  9. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
  10. 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).
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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.

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