Capuano History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the historical and enchanting Italian region of the islands of Sicily emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Capuano family. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. 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 Sicily 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 Capuano is a name for a person who is very determined, or head-strong, as it derives its origin from the Italian word "capo."

Early Origins of the Capuano family

The surname Capuano was first found in the reign of the Hohenstauffens in Sicily, which lasted from 1194 to 1266. At this time Corrado Caputo, nephew of the Emperor Frederick II, was Prince of Antiochia and general vicar of Sicily. Gaius Ateius Capito was a tribune of the plebs in 55 BC and Gaius Fonteius Capito was a consul of the Roman Empire in 59, succeeding Nero.

Early History of the Capuano family

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Capuano 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 Capuano include Caputo, Capua, Capuano, Capuro, Capuanelli, Capuani, Capuanella and many more.

Early Notables of the Capuano family (pre 1700)

Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was the Caputo family who were recognized as knights and noblemen in Naples. The Caputo family of Montefortino owned 15 feudal estates around the year 1400; Gualtiero Caputo was mayor of Naples during the reign of Carlo d'Angi; Consalvo Caputo was Bishop of San Marco; Manilio Caputo was a famous poet in 1550; Pietro-Paolo Caputo was governor of Foligno, Imola and Narni around this time; Giovanni Donato Caputo of Lecce was a...
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United States Capuano migration to the United States +

Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Capuano:

Capuano Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Angela Capuano, aged 7, who immigrated to America from Italy, in 1893
Capuano Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Antonina Capuano, aged 14, who settled in America from Baucina, Sicily, in 1906
  • Antonio Capuano, aged 4, who immigrated to the United States from Palermo, Italy, in 1907
  • Biagio Capuano, aged 32, who settled in America from Bacoli, Italy, in 1911
  • Carmine Capuano, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States from Giffoni Vallep, Italy, in 1911
  • Domenico Capuano, aged 16, who landed in America from S. Padre, Italy, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Capuano (post 1700) +

  • Dave Alan Capuano (b. 1968), retired American professional NHL ice hockey left winger
  • Christopher "Chris" Frank Capuano (b. 1978), American professional baseball player
  • Michael Everett "Mike" Capuano (b. 1952), the U.S. Representative for Massachusetts's 8th congressional district
  • Steven Howard Capuano, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 130th District, 2004 [1]
  • Michael Everett Capuano (b. 1952), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts, 1990-98; Defeated, 1979, 1981; U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 8th District, 1999- [1]
  • Marco Capuano (b. 1991), Italian footballer
  • Ciro Capuano (b. 1981), Italian footballer
  • Antonio Capuano (d. 1963), Argentine actor
  • Matthew Capuano (b. 1975), former Australian rules footballer


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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