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The surname Cavallaro comes from the words "cavallaro," which means a horse dealer; or from "cavalieri," meaning a horseman, rider or knight.

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The surname Cavallaro was first found in at Ferrara, a city and comune in Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy, capital city of the Province of Ferrara, one of the more prosperous cities at this early time. Records locate the Cavalieri family in Ferrara as early as the 9th century, when Giovanni Cavalieri defended his vast lands against the Venetians.

Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Cavallaro include Cavalli, Cavallo, Cavalletti, Cavalletto, Cavallini, Cavallino, Cavallina, Cavallìn, Cavallucci, Cavalluccio, Cavalluzzi, Cavallotti, Cavallotto, Cavallone, Cavallacci, Cavallazzi, Cavallari, Cavallaro, Cavallàr, Cavalleri, Cavallero, Cavaleri, Cavalero, Cavalieri, Cavaliere and many more.


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

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Prominent among members of the family was Pietro Cavallini (1259-1344), a well known painter born in Rome in the 13th century; Sigismondo Cavalli, a Count in Verona around 1450; Gian Marco Cavalli (c.1454- c. 1508), an Italian medallist, sculptor and goldsmith; Giovanni Battista Cavalletto, a painter, sculptor, poet, and musician in...

Another 77 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cavallaro Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Cavallaro:

Cavallaro Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alfio Cavallaro, aged 21, who arrived in America from Giarre, Sicily, in 1910
  • Angelo Cavallaro, aged 25, who arrived in America from Ascicastello, Italy, in 1911
  • Andrea Cavallaro, aged 23, who arrived in America from Barcellona, Sicily, in 1913
  • Angela Cavallaro, aged 22, who arrived in America from Giarre, Catania, in 1913
  • Alfio Cavallaro, aged 17, who arrived in America from Zafferana, Catania, in 1913
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  • Vincent Cavallaro (1912-1985), American Artist
  • Salvatore John Cavallaro (1920-1943), American Navy Officer posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his gallant service at Sicily, eponym of the USS Cavallaro (APD-128) a high speed transport in 1944
  • Gina Cavallaro, American reporter for the Army Times
  • Carmen Cavallaro (1913-1989), American pianist
  • Alessandro Cavallaro (b. 1980), Italian sprinter
  • Cosimo Cavallaro (b. 1961), Canadian artist, filmmaker and sculptor
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    Other References

    1. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    2. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    3. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    5. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    6. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    7. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    10. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Cavallaro Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cavallaro 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.

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