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From the ancient and beautiful Italian island of Sicily emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Cara. 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. Local names, also found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, and does not necessarily denote nobility. The Cara family lived in a town just outside Palermo, as in 1189, a member of the Caro family was the Archbishop of Monreale.

Cara Early Origins



The surname Cara was first found in Sicily (Italian: Sicilia), the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Naples and the southern portion of the peninsula. Research shows that records of the Cara family date back to the year 1189 when a member of the Caro family was the Archbishop of Monreale, a town just outside Palermo.

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Cara Spelling Variations


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Cara Spelling Variations



Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristi c. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Cara include Caro, Cari, Cara, De Caro, Di Caro, Di Cara, La Cara, Li Cari, Carello, Carelli, Carella, Carillo, Caretti, Caroli, Caretta, Carino, Carini, Caruccio, Carucci, Carocci, Carracci, Caricchio, Caricchia, Carollo, Carullo, Carulli, Carotti, Carone, Caroni, Carofiglio, Carofratello, Carolillo, Carotenuto and many more.

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Cara Early History


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Cara Early History



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

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Cara Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cara Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Marchetto Cara (c. 1470-1525), an Italian composer, lutenist and singer of the Renaissance; Cecco del Caravaggio, a painter born in 1571 near Milan. He is most famous for his technique of "Chiaroscuro" or light and dark contrast. Some of his most...

Another 99 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cara Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Cara arrived in North America very early:

Cara Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Miss Cara, who sailed to New Orleans in 1821
  • Jose Cara, aged 32, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1843
  • Manuel Cara, aged 30, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1847

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cara (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cara (post 1700)



  • Irene Cara (b. 1959), born Irene Cara Escalera, an American Academy Award winning and Golden Globe Award nominated singer, songwriter and actress, perhaps best known for co-writing "Flashdance... What a Feeling" and her recording of the song "Fame"
  • Ana C. Cara, American creolist, translator, and Professor of Hispanic Studies at Oberlin College, awarded the 2007 Willis Barnstone Translation Prize

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    3. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    4. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    7. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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    The Cara Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cara 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.

    This page was last modified on 13 January 2016 at 08:08.

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