Capece has an important core in Picerno in the Potentino and one in the Neapolitan and Salerno areas as well as a strain in the Salento peninsula, Capeci, absolutely rare, it would seem the Marche, traces of this surname can be found in Calabria in 1408, when the county of Laureana di Borrello (RC ) was sold by King Ladislaus to Bernardo Capece. additions provided by Cosimo De Giovanni de Centelles The Capece family, one of the most powerful families in the kingdom, was originally from Campania. Opposing the Angevins and supporters of the Aragonese with the prevalence of the first faction, they were forced to take refuge in Dalmatia, those in Sicily and those in the Terra d'Otranto. Here they obtained various baronies, principalities and marquisates. From a main branch descended the Barons of Lucugnano (LE) and from this that of Barbarano (LE) and from the latter in turn descended the branch of the Barons of Corsano. In 1663 Don Giovan Giuseppe Cicala, Baron of Corsano and descendant of the Securo family of Corsano sold the fief to Giovan Tommaso Cicala by deed of the notary Rausa. The Capece held this title until the abolition of feudalism. Last representative was Donna Carmela (n. 1849) who married a Galluccio who inherited the purely formal title. From Galluccio the title of Corsano barons passed to the Mongiò. additions provided by Giovanni Vezzelli Capeceè Lucan surname present in Picerno, Pisticci, Potenza, Ripacàndida and elsewhere, also Calabrese, Sicilian, Neapolitan and in Salento: abbreviation of 'cacapece'. Source: G. Rohlfs, Dictionary of historical surnames in Lucania, 1985.
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