From the ancient and beautiful Italian island of Sicily
emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Caraveo. 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 Caraveo family lived in a town just outside Palermo, as in 1189, a member of the Caro family was the Archbishop of Monreale.
Early Origins of the Caraveo family
The surname Caraveo 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 Caraveo family date back to the year 1189 when a member of the Caro family was the Archbishop of Monreale, a town just outside Palermo.
Early History of the Caraveo family
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Caraveo Spelling Variations
Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms in comparison with other European surnames because they reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each of which has its distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the most standard Italian surname suffix is "I", whereas in Southern Italy the most typical surname suffix is "O". Sardinian is very different from other forms of Italian and in fact, it is considered to be its own distinct language. Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes, church officials, and the bearers of names, spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. As a consequence of the major changes in the Italian language and in the local
spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Caraveo. These spelling variations
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.
Early Notables of the Caraveo family (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 Caraveo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Caraveo family to the New World and Oceana
A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Caraveo: Miss Cara, who sailed to New Orleans in 1821, and S. Caro, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851.