Caputi has a nucleus in the area of Molfetta (BA), one in Rome, one in Naples and one in Basilicata, especially in San Fele (PZ), Caputo is extremely widespread throughout southern Italy, deriving from the medieval nickname Caputus probably originated or from having the progenitor a big head or from being extremely stubborn. Traces of this surname are to be found, for example, in Aversa as early as 1302, the date of an act which reads: "... Appointment hominum, et Vassallorum dicti Casalis Cayvani sunt hec videlicet: ... Cajvanus Caputus, Cannameli Thomas Caputus, .. . ".
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