Show ContentsCaruso History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Caruso is a common occupational name for a person who was an apprentice. The name can be traced back to the Old Italian word "caruso," which meant "a young apprentice."

Early Origins of the Caruso family

The surname Caruso was first found in Piacenza, anciently Placentia, a town of Emilia, capital of the province of Piancenza. It was founded as a Roman colony in 218 B.C before being occupied by Goths, Franks, and Lombards, before becoming a free city and part of the Lombard League in the 12th century.

Pier Fortugno Caruso was a cavalier in 1026 in the service of Federigo II. 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 Caruso family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Caruso research. Another 59 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1397, 1399, 1550, 1655, 1680, 1754, 1810 and 1822 are included under the topic Early Caruso History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Caruso 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 Caruso include Caruso, Carruso, Caruzo, Carruzo and others.

Early Notables of the Caruso family

Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was

  • the Caruso family of Piacenza. Early records show many bearers of the family name, including: Antonello Caruso, who was master of the feuds of Pulci, Lungarino, and Burgillusil; Placido Caruso, a sena...

Caruso Ranking

In the United States, the name Caruso is the 2,472nd most popular surname with an estimated 12,435 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Caruso is ranked the 2,723rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,000 - 2,500 people with that name. [2]

United States Caruso migration to the United States +

A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Caruso:

Caruso Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Gaetano Caruso, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1816
  • Gaetano Caruso, aged 51, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1817 [3]
  • Joseph Caruso, who arrived in Arkansas in 1890 [3]
  • Alfonso Caruso, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States from Italy, in 1892
  • Annibal Caruso, aged 40, who landed in America from Altavilla, Italy, in 1893
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Caruso (post 1700) +

  • Richard E. Caruso (1943-2022), American entrepreneur, founder and chairman of Integra LifeSciences, named the Ernst and Young National Entrepreneur of the Year for the United States in 2006
  • Henry J. Caruso, American businessman and founder of Dollar Rent A Car
  • Dee Caruso (1929-2012), American television and film screenwriter and television producer, known for his work on Get Smart, The Monkees and The Smothers Brothers Show
  • Dave Caruso (b. 1982), American former professional ice hockey goaltender
  • Anthony Caruso, American president and CEO of CSA Group
  • Anthony Caruso (1916-2003), American character actor who appeared in over 100 films, best remembered for his role as Captain Juan Ortega in the first season of Walt Disney's Zorro
  • David Stephen Caruso (b. 1956), American Golden Globe Award winning and Primetime Emmy Award nominated actor, best known for his role as Lieutenant Horatio Caine on the TV series CSI: Miami
  • Daniel John "D.J." Caruso (b. 1965), American director and producer
  • Frederick A. Caruso, American politician, Burgess of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, 1954-60
  • Frank Caruso, American Republican politician, Candidate for Justice of New York Supreme Court 8th District, 2004
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Triangle Waist Company
  • Miss Albina Caruso (b. 1891), American garment worker who was working at Triangle Waist Company factory at the Asch building in Greenwich Village on the 25th March 1911 when fire broke out; she died in the fire [4]

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. 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)
  4. Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire (retrieved on 3rd August 2021.) Retrieved from on Facebook