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Etymological origin of Italian surname: Capezzuti


Capezzuti is practically unique, Capezzuto is typical of Naples and of the range that includes the Caserta, the Neapolitan and the Salerno, of Sparanise, Pastorano, Carinola and Camigliano in the Caserta area, of Castellabate, Salerno and Battipaglia in the Salerno area. additions provided by Stefano Ferrazzi The origin of these surnames is to be found in the nickname or medieval name Capezzuto, which, in the popular idiom, literally means head, with a big head or, figuratively, stubborn, obstinate (see Caputo and Testa): from the etymological point of view, in fact, the adjective head is a clear loan of the Spanish cabezudo, taken in turn from the noun cabeza (for a more detailed explanation, see Capezza). Having said this, however, it should be noted that sometimes the surnames Capezzuti and Capezzuto could come directly from Spain, that is to say the Italianization of the Spanish surname Cabezudo (perhaps it is also a Hebrew-Sephardic surname). In conclusion, therefore, we are dealing with the surnames of nicknames or personal names of the founders, even if, however unlikely, a connection with Spanish toponymy cannot be excluded - in reference to one of the many toponyms containing the root cabez-.

Bibliographic source' "L'origine dei cognomi Italianim storia ed etimologia" di E. Rossoni disponibile online su: https://archive.org/

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