Caro History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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From the ancient and beautiful Italian island of Sicily emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Caro. 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 Caro 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 Caro family
The surname Caro 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 Caro 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 Caro family
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Caro Spelling Variations
Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations were the unsurprising result. The variations of Caro 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 Caro 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.
Michelangelo Merisi (Michele Angelo Merigi or Amerighi) da Caravaggio, (1571-1610), was an Italian painter active in Rome for most of his artistic life. He is most famous for his technique of "Chiaroscuro" or light and dark contrast. Some of his most famous works include The Calling of St. Matthew, and David with the Head of Goliath.
Polidoro Caldara, usually known as Polidoro da Caravaggio (c. 1499-1543) was an Italian painter of the Mannerist period...
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Caro migration to the United States +
A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Caro:
Caro Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Jose Caro, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1816 
- Francisco Caro, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1821 
- Luis Caro, who arrived in America in 1828 
- A P Caro, aged 35, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829 
- Feliciano Caro, who landed in Texas in 1835 
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Contemporary Notables of the name Caro (post 1700) +
- Nydia Caro (b. 1948), American actress and singer
- Mike A. Caro (b. 1944), American professional poker player
- Laura Isabel Caro Beltrán (b. 1983), Mexican recording artist
- José María Caro Rodríguez (1866-1958), Chilean Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, Archbishop of Santiago from 1939 until his death
- Miguel Antonio Caro Tobar (1845-1909), Colombian scholar, poet, journalist, philosopher, orator, philologist, lawyer and politician, 27th President of Colombia (1894-1898), 2nd Vice President of Colombia (1892-1894)
- Heinrich Caro (1834-1910), German chemist who developed "Caro's acid" (peroxymonosulfuric acid)
- Horatio Caro (1862-1920), English chess master from Newcastle upon Tyne
- Niki Caro (b. 1967), New Zealand award winning film director, producer and screenwriter
- Sir Anthony Caro OM, CBE (1924-2013), English abstract sculptor
- Pío Caro Baroja (1928-2015), Spanish film and television director, screenwriter, and author
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- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)