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From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Piedmont emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Dicaprio 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 Dicaprio is a name for a goat, having derived its origin from the Italian word capra.
The surname Dicaprio was first found in the year 1100, when the Caprìs family lived in the region.
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 Dicaprio include 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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dicaprio research. Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dicaprio History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 217 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dicaprio Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Dicaprio, or a variant listed above: 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.
The Dicaprio Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dicaprio 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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