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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."
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.
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.
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 301 words (22 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
Caputo Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
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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