Last name origin & meaning:
Probably an Americanized form of French Capitaine, from Old
French capitaine ‘head’, ‘chief’, ‘principal’ (from Latin
capitaneus), or of any of the various cognates, such as Italian
Capitani, or German Kapitan, all of which were used in
similar way to denote a high-ranking official, a headman, or a person
of military rank.
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