From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Piedmont
emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Cravotta family. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany
found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. 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. Although the most common type of family name found in Piedmont
is the patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname
type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname
surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Cravotta is a name for a goat, having derived its origin from the Italian word capra.
Early Origins of the Cravotta family
The surname Cravotta was first found in the year 1100, when the Caprìs family lived in the region.
Early History of the Cravotta family
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Cravotta Spelling Variations
There are many variations of most of those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. Some of these come from regional differences, like the tradition of ending northern names in "o" and southern names in "i". Others come from inaccuracies in the recording process, which were extremely common in the eras before dictionaries standardized spelling. Some of the spelling variations
of Cravotta are Capra, Cavra, Crava, Chiabra, Caprini, Caprino, Caprin, Caprìs, Caprioli, Capriolo, Capriotti, Capruzzi, Caproni, Capraro, Caprari, Caprara, Caprile, Caprili, Capraliano, Capraliana, Capraliàn, Capraliani, Capriati, Cavrini, Cavrotti, Cavrulli, Cavriani, Cravetti, Cravini, Cravino, Cravìn, Cravotta, Capraia, Craviotto, Cravari, Cravarolo, Craveri, Cravero, Chiabrero, Chiabrera and many more.
Early Notables of the Cravotta family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Anselmo and Rodolfo Capraia, brothers who were knights in Buggiano around 1203; Benedetto Capra was a famous author in Perugia in the 14th century; Bartolomeo della Capra of Crema was the secretary of Pope Innocenzo VII in 1360; Francesco della Capra was a politician... Another 65 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cravotta Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cravotta family to the New World and Oceana
Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Cravotta family to immigrate North America: Mr. Capraliàn, who arrived in New York city in 1882; Antonio Capra, aged 38, who arrived at Ellis Island
from S.Polo, Italy, in 1921; Attilio Capra, aged 18, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Pescantina, Italy, in 1914.
Contemporary Notables of the name Cravotta (post 1700)
- Samuel A. Cravotta, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from West Virginia 2nd District, 1992, 1994
- Joseph A. Cravotta, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1988
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