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Widespread throughout Italy, Cavaliere is much more present in the south and in the Veneto region, Cavalieri is more widespread in the north, in Emilia above all, they have different origins, from nicknames referring to the trade of horse (who takes care of horses), to having served in a family of Knights, to the fact of having played on horseback in the army, to have made the postal post on horseback, to the fact of belonging to a distinct family (bourgeoisie) or other that had reference with the horses. There are traces of this surname since the Renaissance, in Ferrara a Bartolomeo Cavalieri sells to Ludovico Ariosto with a deed dated June 30th 1526 written by the notary Ercole Pistoia, a house in the Contrada del Mirasole.