Typical surname of the Marche with a stock in the Piceno area, one in the Pesaro area on the border with Ancona, one in the Perugia area and one in the province of Rome. additions provided by prof. Walter Angelini Typical of the Marche, and specifically of the Piceno area, this surname was born in Acquaviva Picena (AP) in 1690 as an alias flanked by the original surname Camelis or Camela (an ancient family from Pietra Camela, in Abruzzo). The main branch of the Camelis or Camela, noble family of Ripatransone in 1571 gave, through Hierolamus Camelae, belonging to the Council of Cernita, an important contribution for the erection of this place to the rank of Diocese and, contextually city, by the Pope Pius V ° (see the book The erection of the diocese of Ripatransone, pages of religious history of the Marche region, 16th century, by Monsignor Giovanni Papa, 1976 Ediz.Studia Picena). This family moved to Acquaviva Picena around 1631. It was here that the surname Camelis turned into Capecci (from the Latin Caput, capitis, equivalent of the Tuscan Capecchio, and that refers to the prized linen fiber). Beginning in 1773, still in Acquaviva Picena (AP), the Capecci family gave the go-ahead to the tradition (still in force today) of giving each firstborn male the name Giuseppe and Valerio, alternating them with each generation. Currently the main branch of the Camelis-Capecci noble family is flourishing in San Benedetto del Tronto (AP) with Prof. Giuseppe, Ch.mo Accademia Gentium Pro Pace, and with his two sons Mauro Valerio and Gianmarco. The coat of arms of the family, dating back to the Camelis of Ripatransone (preserved in the library of the Archaeological Museum of Ripatransone) is a crumpled shield, left: in the first to six bisants placed in a belt and surmounted by a crown, in the second to a winged and turned lion , armed and lampassato. additions provided by Francesco Capecci Regarding the history of the surname Capecci, I must maintain that the same is co-present in various places in the Marche at least from the 17th century. In Urbino, in the oratory of San Giuseppe there is a list of confreres who died at the beginning of the 18th century, a Francesco Antonio Capecci or Capeci, prior of the convent of the minor friars of Urbino at the time of his death. I therefore believe that the surname appeared in several places in the Marche, and not only through the reported noble branch.
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