Caputo 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 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."

Early Origins of the Caputo family

The surname Caputo 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 Caputo family

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

Early Notables of the Caputo 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 Caputo migration to the United States +

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 settled in 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 immigrated 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 immigrated to the United States from Pannarano, Italy, in 1907
  • Adalgisa Caputo, aged 17, who landed in America from Napoli, Italy, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Caputo (post 1700) +

  • A. Richard Caputo (1938-2020), American jurist, Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania (2009-2020)
  • 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
  • Vic Caputo, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 14th District, 1980 [1]
  • Nicholas V. Caputo, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1964 [1]
  • Michael Lynn Caputo, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates; Elected 2010, 2012 [1]
  • James J. Caputo, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1948 [1]
  • Bruce Faulkner Caputo (b. 1943), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly 87th District, 1973-75; U.S. Representative from New York 23rd District, 1977-79 [1]
  • Michele Carlo Caputo (1838-1928), Italian singer, composer, and University librarian from Naples
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  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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