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Early Origins of the Carafa family

The surname Carafa was first found in Naples, (Italian: Napoli, Latin: Neapolis) former capital of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies in southern Italy; it is the chief city of the province of Naples. It shares with Instanbul the claim to be the most beautiful city in Europe. Naples has 237 Churches and 57 Chapels. The National Museum and other galleries contain riches in art and artifacts. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.

Early History of the Carafa family

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Carafa Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Caraffa, Caraffi, Caraffia, Carafi, Caraffas, Carafas, Caraffani and many more.

Early Notables of the Carafa family (pre 1700)

By the end of the 15th century, southern Italy was known as the Kingdom of Naples, ruled by the house of Aragon. By the early eighteenth century, the Austrians had gained much of the region, under the rule of the Austrian emperor Kales VI. However, in 1734, Spaniard Don Carlos defeated...
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Migration of the Carafa family to the New World and Oceana

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Thomas Carabine, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816; Catherine Carabine, who settled in New York, NY in 1816; Edward Carabine, who came to St. John, N.B. in 1834.

Contemporary Notables of the name Carafa (post 1700)

  • Faustina Pignatelli Carafa (d. 1785), Italian scientist
  • Domenico Carafa della Spina di Traetto (1805-1879), Italian Catholic Cardinal, Archbishop of Benevento and Camerlengo of the Sacred College of Cardinals
  • Francesco Carafa di Trajetto (1722-1818), Italian cardinal
  • Michele Enrico Carafa di Colobrano (1787-1872), Italian opera composer

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