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Origin and Meaning of Capella

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ca*pel"la
A brilliant star in the constellation Auriga.

Etymology: L., a little goat, dim. of caper a goat

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Snipes
  2. The brightest star in Auriga

From Latin capella, "she-goat" or "kid"

  1. (astronomy): A bright double star in the constellation Auriga; Alpha (α) Aurigae.

Capella was also found in the following language(s): Italian and Latin

Notable Persons With the Last Name Capella

Pete Capella is an actor and voice actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1999. Pete was given the name Peter Charles Capella III on June 3rd, 1977 in Red Bank, New Jersey.


Thomas John "Tom" Capella is a lawyer. Thomas was born in 1965 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Thomas is also known as Thomas John Capella.


He breathed his last breath on August 15th, 1127.


Francesco was born in 1714 in Venice. He passed away in 1784.


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Popularity of Capella as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Capella U.S.
  White 66.49% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.05% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.15% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 30.47% 16.26%

Of Last Name Capella

People with the last name Capella are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Capella

  • How Popular is the name Capella? Capella is the 90,267th most popular name of all time. As a last name Capella was the 25,793rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Capella have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5 babies born with the first name Capella in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Capella? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2015 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Capella first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Capella is Wednesday, March 7th, 1894.
  • What year had the most people named Capella born? The highest recorded use of the first name Capella was in 2015 with a total of 5 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Capella: Your name in reverse order is Allepac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Llacpae. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Capella? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 955 people with the last name Capella.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Capella? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Capella as their last name since less than 1 person in 313k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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