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From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Piedmont emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Decaprio 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 Decaprio is a name for a goat, having derived its origin from the Italian word capra.

Decaprio Early Origins



The surname Decaprio was first found in the year 1100, when the Caprės family lived in the region.

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Decaprio Spelling Variations


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Decaprio 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 Decaprio are Capra, Cavra, Crava, Chiabra, Caprini, Caprino, Caprin, Caprės, Caprioli, Capriolo, Capriotti, Capruzzi, Caproni, Capraro, Caprari, Caprara, Caprile, Caprili, Capraliano, Capraliana, Capraliān, Capraliani, Capriati, Cavrini, Cavrotti, Cavrulli, Cavriani, Cravetti, Cravini, Cravino, Cravėn, Cravotta, Capraia, Craviotto, Cravari, Cravarolo, Craveri, Cravero, Chiabrero, Chiabrera and many more.

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Decaprio Early History


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Decaprio Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Decaprio research. Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Decaprio History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Decaprio Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Decaprio Early Notables (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 Decaprio Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Decaprio family to immigrate North America:

Decaprio Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Francesco Decaprio, aged 27, who settled in America from Naples, in 1903
  • Vincenzo DeCaprio, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from Montedeoro, Cernto, in 1908
  • Giovanni DeCaprio, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States from Cancello Arnone, Italy, in 1909
  • Lucia Decaprio, aged 37, who landed in America from Napoli, Italy, in 1909
  • Pasynalo DeCaprio, aged 29, who emigrated to America from S. Angelo, Italy, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Decaprio (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Decaprio (post 1700)



  • Steven DeCaprio, American musician, best known as the guitarist for the band Embers

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    2. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    4. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    5. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    6. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    10. 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).
    11. ...

    The Decaprio Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Decaprio 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.

    This page was last modified on 26 November 2016 at 09:13.

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