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Etymological origin of Italian surname: Cappelli


Capellari, very rare in the area that includes Mantua, Verona, Bologna and Ferrara, with appearances also in the Udine area, Capelletti is specific to the Sudanese and Cremona areas, concentrated in Lombardy, Emilia and Liguria. Capelli and Capellini seem being native to the area between Piacenza and Cremona, Piedmontese Capello, Chapel is widespread in central Italy, there would seem to be three nuclei, in Lazio, in the Marche in the province of Macerata and in Molise in the province of Campobasso, Cappellari is typical of the Triveneto, with maximum concentration in the Vicenza and Padua areas, it is widespread throughout Italy, Cappelleri is specific to the inhabitants of Reggio, Roccella Ionica and Campo Calabro, Cappellini, especially in the Cappelli center, in the province of Palermo and Cuneo Cappellino, Sicilian Cappello, but with a massive presence also in province of Lecce and in the Veneto region. All these surnames are originated from nicknames related to physical characteristics or trade identifiers, such as the seller or manufacturer of hats. additions provided by Cappella Surname as these in southern Italy were attributed to learned and cultured people of taste and finesse and however aristocratic, to differentiate themselves from the common people. A certain Nicolò Cappella had in 1333, after a grave mourning identifiable in the coat of arms by the black stripes, the feud "molisena", and moved from northern Italy, probably Venice or Piacenza, to Molise. Nicolò had a daughter, Franca Cappella who married Nicolò D'Arezzo. The crown on the family crest is of a marquis, so it is probable that this was the title of the Cappella family; another hypothesis is the direct descent from the Cappelli family, with time the surname would probably have changed from Cappelli to Cappella; still today the Cappella family is present in Molise in a remarkable way, in the Marche and in Lazio. additions provided by Giovanni Vezzelli The last name Capelli moves from the medieval name Capellus, from lat. capillus «capello» documented in the Modenese paper of 1154. It is part of the nickname, to indicate a person as thin as a «hair». Its diffusion is equal to that of the Cappelli surname, which instead moves from the mediolatino cappellus «hat; headgear », from hood« hood », whence also the widespread surname Cappi. For the last name Cappello, not very widespread in Modena, you can also think of the toponym Cappello del Cuneese. Source: F. Violi, Surnames in Modena and in the Modena area.

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

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