THE CAPUTO HISTORICAL FAMILIES ASSOCIATION
FOR THE DEFENSE OF TRADITION, FAMILY HISTORY AND LINEAGES
Celebrating our heritage comes through in so many ways, we are who we are somewhat because of where we come from. Although our past does not define us, our perspective of the world can largely be shaped by the faith, heritage and traditions we choose to hold on.
"Noble Dynasty" is the name to honoring admirable achievement pertaining to persons so distinguished of our ancestors. We all have ancestors, both of blood and of spirit, and each of our lives rests firmly on the foundation of their sacrifice. The ancestors we choose to honor may include not only recent and more distant family but also those that were admirable in European history. They all have the same quality; of illustrious, valiant fighters and generous men.
The word "dynasty" is sometimes used informally for people who are not rulers but, for example, members of a family with influence and power in other areas, such as a series of successive owners of a major company. It is also extended to unrelated people such as major poets of the same school or various rosters of a single sports team.
The Association uses the coat of arms of the ancient Dukes Caputo, an Italian historic family of the Kingdom of Naples, now an extinct family, to remember the most important branch of Caputo History. Our coat of arms stands: Of red with a gold lion's head placed in majesty and crowned gold. Royal crown jeweled circlet of gold surmounted by four visible pearls between five visible strawberry leave. Motto: Malo Mori Quam Foedari (I would rather die than be dishonored).
The Association is a non-political, non-profit organization, it does not have any cash or benefits beyond the membership fees of its members and some grants from donors. Its aims are philanthropic, genealogical and directs donations to charitable organizations which provide food, shelter and medical treatment for disadvantaged people. It also provides direct aid to orphanages, the indigent elderly and other people in need.
Voting membership is exclusively reserved to descendants of individuals who were listed in the nobility or notable historic archives of the former Holy Roman Empire. No claim to royal, princely or ducal nobility. Other membership categories exist.
The Association believes that the role of the nobility should not be considered exhausted and that it can, today, in the overall crisis of values that involves contemporary society, play a specific role and not easily replaceable, ideally linked to the great activity of the ruling classes passed. To this end, the Association intends to play a dual action, facing the inside of the aristocratic world to regroup in the common values and outward, with the intent to promote the positive role of the nobility.
With the invitation to support and promote our ideals and take with us the difficult but rewarding path associated in the consciousness of what the role, both our own and each other, within the Association.
One of the purposes of the Association is precisely to promote awareness and dissemination of values and principles of the monarchy. This is the reason why are admitted as members of the Association, as honorary degree, to those Sovereigns, princes and members of legitimate royal families and of contrasted presence and knowledge in the world of nobility and chivalry, enjoy or not the recognition of their home states.
The surname Caputo
The surname Caputo is extremely widespread throughout southern Italy and there are 6771 families that bear my surname. There were important branches of this family that enjoyed nobility in Naples in the seats of Nile, Montagna, Porto and Portanova, in Tropea, Barletta, Cosenza, Ruvo di Puglia, Larino, Catanzaro and other cities in Southern Italy. In its various branches it obtained numerous feuds, among which: Bagnoli, Belvedere, Calopezzati, Carovigno, Castel di Pietro, Cuma, Feccia, Cefuni, Mattafellone, Roccaromana, Sacco, Sanfelice, Sansosti, Tito. He obtained the titles of: Count of Monteforino, Marquesses of Cerveto, Petrella, Duke of Turano, and the surname of Prince of Calopezzati.
The family also gave four Bishops to the Catholic Church: Andrea (? 1650), Bishop of Letters from 1625 to 1650; Pietro Paolo (d. 1628), appointed by Urban VIII bishop of Larino from 1628 until July 29 of the same year; Consalvo (? 1645), brother of Pietro Paolo, clear for mercy, Bishop of Massa in 1630 and Bishop of Catanzaro since 1633.
And if there were noble branches there are many more that did not reach the nobility living their lives at different social levels (underclass, proletariat, farmers, small farmers, artisans, traders, industrialists and managers) but they brought the name of Italy in the world in the most varied sectors.
Family legacy captures the history, culture, experience, values and aspirations of a collective family and its members over time. Family legacy expresses where the family has come from as well as where they are headed together.
Going back in time is like going in search of yourself and when something is found is to find or rediscover something you thought you lost. It is, however, fascinating discover even simple pieces of centuries of history, certainly not marked by exceptional events but not for this less important and significant.
matter who we are, where we live, or what our goals may be, we all
have one thing in common: a heritage. That is, a social, emotional
and spiritual legacy passed on from parent to child. Every one of us
is passed a heritage, lives out a heritage, and gives a heritage to
our family. It's not an option. Parents always pass to their children
a legacy: good, bad or some of both.
The modern Caputo, who have opened a wider horizon, keep and retain for ever in the heart the love to their valleys, to their pastures, their mountains because their heart has remained in the old Italy, where it also remains the memory of past generations, inspiration and incitement to future ones.
The description of our coat of arms follows this pattern. The "red" color in our shield, the color that attests, perhaps more than any other, the nobility of our ancestry, while remembering the shedding of blood in battle and audacity, value and domination. It is clear, in fact, that our cognominal makes direct reference to the Italian word "capo", the original Latin "caput", meaning "family head", "Head of Government", "Field General" and so on.
Current Constitution of the Republic of Italy
The Constitution of the Italian Republic did not abolish the use of noble titles, but established that they would not be recognized for use in legal documents after 1948. Furthermore, the Consulta Araldica, the government agency which regulated the use of titles of nobility, was abolished.
The Royal Family of Italy (the House of Savoy) still exists, of course. Prince Vittorio Emanuele di Savoia, son of the last King, Umberto II, lives in Switzerland, while his son Emanuele Filiberto, resides in Rome. Prince Carlo di Borbone (de Bourbon), the head of the House of the Two Sicilies, heir of the dynasty that ruled Sicily and most of southern Italy until 1860, divides his time between Rome and Monaco, with occasional visits to Naples and Palermo. His dynasty serves as a point of reference for the Sicilian nobility, and two royal residences in Palermo (the Chinese Villa) and Ficuzza (the Royal Hunting Lodge) are a silent testament to the family's past presence here. Both dynasties maintain the tradition of chivalry by bestowing honors in orders of knighthood.
The fourteenth transitory and final disposition of the current Constitution of the Republic of Italy did not intend to abolish noble titles, or even to forbid their use (Noble titles are not recognized. The predicates of those existing prior to 28 October 1922 are applicable as part of the name).
Since 1948, in Italy, the noble titles are no longer recognized although not prohibited, the effect of XIV transitory and final disposition of the Constitution of the Italian Republic, as confirmed by the Constitutional sentence 101 of 26 June 1967, will exclude from the Legal sphere, for which they have no relevance, isolating them in an area exclusively privatized.
Deplorably, the current lack of legal recognition and protection of the Italian state, created the proliferation of agencies, academies, institutions and groups working in various capacities in Italy and abroad, who accredit or recognize title of nobility or Knighthood Orders without requirements, outside of any concern or reference to standards basic Italian nobility. In a system of uncontrolled bodies, anyone can make nobility or order of chivalry certificates publicly, even with the most imaginative creations, in leather and gold bond or on Internet sites.
All this, in addition to generating confusion with the historical and cultural heritage and the memory of ancient Italian families, sometimes it is also marked by schemes, scams and commodification, exploiting the distinctions of chivalry.
In Italy uncorroborated claims to titles of nobility are completely normal. The use of titles is unregulated by Italian law, the titles are unrecognized; there exists no legal remedy except in clear cases of impersonation for criminal purposes.
It is also believed that there are around two thousand families holding untrue titles or who are convinced they are nobles. The false nobles are those who misinterpret the real and not acclaimed state of nobility, showing off coats of arms and crowns that were obtained, often in good faith or due to their lack of ignorance in the matter, from ´princes´ with imaginary claims.
The various heraldic and genealogical agencies and societies cannot grant legal recognition to a title of nobility, though many would have you believe otherwise. Yet, accurate genealogical research is the only mechanism that can prove a valid claim.
The membership in The Caputo Historical Families Association does not creates, or elevate a person into a status of Nobility or Knighthood. The Association makes no claim to ancient origins. It is also not a reconstituted "Order of Knighthood". The Association has neither originated from nor associated with other Nobility House or Order of Chivalry. The Association does not claim to be royal against what might appear on some websites and makes no pretension or claim to be such. However, we stand ready, if interested in a genuine title of Chivalry, to assist you with the orders in the Royal House of Georgia. See page
While the president of the Association is descended from an ancient lineage having with time in-depth studied nobility law, he makes no claim to royal, princely or ducal and makes no pretension or claim to be such.
Cultural and Familial Association
The organization is, by character, a cultural and familial association to gather within the organization, without discrimination whatsoever, all persons whom may be interested to promote cultural, educational and social development; and to collaborate with other organizations and groups of similar character, in addition to assisting other organizations with the same purpose. Our purpose is the preservation and promotion of our culture.
Celebrating our heritage comes through in so many ways--we are who we are somewhat because of where we come from. Although our past doesn't define us, our perspective of the world can largely be shaped by the faith, heritage and traditions we choose to hold on to.
Our heritage was the greatest achievement of our ancestors, and our fathers kept it for us, we implant this heritage in the minds of our children, our heritage is a river full of light which we take continuously to guide us to the good, to the prosperity in the future.
Our past is behind us but if we choose to forget it, we then choose to lessen the many sacrifices made by our ancestors.
Today, The Caputo Historical Families Association is granted as a Merit Award to a qualified individual regardless of religion, race, sex, or national origin for cultural or humanitarian contributions made on behalf of the Association anywhere in the world. They must also be a significant member of their field, and have achieved acknowledged professional recognition in this field.
We hope that through the abundance of information you will find in our website you will come to know more about the ancient principles, purposes and history of the Caputo Historical Families Association and it´s philanthropic mission in the modern world.
The President of the Association is responsible for general operations and may create and fill positions within the Association to execute the Organization's vision.
We welcome you to join our Prestigious International Nobility Association. The Caputo Historical Families Association is a respected World Class Organization. A group of humans broadly distinguished from other groups by mutual interests, participation in characteristic relationships, shared institutions, and a common culture.
From time to time, people generously offer to contribute money to the organization. All donations, regardless of the amount, are most appreciated. To those who have so generously donated in the past, we are truly grateful for your commitment and dedication. However, your continued support is constructive as the truth of the matter is: you can create a great legacy, and inspire others, by giving it to philanthropic organizations.
We’ve always respected those who tried to change the world for the better, rather than just complain about it.