Show ContentsCavallo History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Cavallo family

The surname Cavallo 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.

Early History of the Cavallo family

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Cavallo Spelling Variations

Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Cavallo 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.

Early Notables of the Cavallo family (pre 1700)

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 Bologna around 1500; Emilio del Cavalieri, (c. 1550-1590), a 16th century composer; Francesco Cavalli...
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Cavallo Ranking

In the United States, the name Cavallo is the 10,113rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Cavallo is ranked the 8,089th most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. [2]

Migration of the Cavallo family

A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Cavallo: Bartolomeo Cavallero, who arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1778 with his wife Maria and his six children; Diego, Antonio, Bartolomeo, Maria, Augustina, Andrea, and Louis Cavalli, who were all naturalized in Detroit in 1833.

Contemporary Notables of the name Cavallo (post 1700) +

  • James "Jimmy" Cavallo (1927-2019), American musician best known for performing with his band in the 1956 movie, Rock, Rock, Rock
  • Rufus P. Cavallo, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1952 [3]
  • Michael Cavallo, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1932 (alternate), 1940; Mayor of Lodi, New Jersey, 1937 [3]
  • Michael Cavallo, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly, 1919, 1932 [3]
  • Giulio A. Cavallo, American politician, Representative from New York 18th District, 1998 [3]
  • Franco Cavallo (1932-2022), Italian Olympic bronze medalist sailor in the Star class at the 1968 Summer Olympics
  • Tiberius Cavallo (1749-1809), Italian natural philosopher, born in Naples in 1749, his father being a physician practising in that city [4]

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