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.
Early Origins of the Decaprio family
The surname Decaprio was first found in the year 1100, when the Caprìs family lived in the region.
Early History of the Decaprio family
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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, 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 Decaprio 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 Decaprio Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Decaprio family to the New World and Oceana
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
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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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