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

From the historical and enchanting Italian region of the islands of Sicily emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Caputo 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 Caputo is a name for a person who is very determined, or head-strong, as it derives its origin from the Italian word "capo."


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

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Caputo research. More information is included under the topic Early Caputo History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 275 words (20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Caputo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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

Caputo Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Giorgio Caputo, who came to New York, NY in 1893
  • Gussppe Caputo, who arrived in Kansas in 1896
  • Ambrogio Conti Caputo, aged 15, who settled in America from Lipari, in 1898

Caputo Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alfonso Caputo, aged 19, who emigrated to America from Montella, in 1902
  • Carlo Caputo, who settled in New York sometime between 1884 and 1905
  • Agata Caputo, aged 3, who settled in America from Palermo, in 1907
  • Aiello Caputo, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Pannarano, Italy, in 1907
  • Adalgisa Caputo, aged 17, who landed in America from Napoli, Italy, in 1910


  • David Armand Caputo, American academic, the 6th President of Pace University in 2000
  • Bruce Faulkner Caputo (b. 1943), American politician, Member of the United States House of Representatives from New York
  • Philip Caputo (b. 1941), American author and journalist
  • Michele Carlo Caputo (1838-1928), Italian singer, composer, and University librarian from Naples
  • Ulisse Caputo (1872-1948), Italian artist who specialized in painting and etching
  • Dante María Caputo (b. 1943), Argentine academic, diplomat and politician


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