Karaffa Family History
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Karaffa Name Meaning
Germanized spelling of Italian Caraffa, from caraffa ‘carafe’, ‘water jug’ (probably a derivative of Arabic gharraf ‘water wheel’). The Italian surname has cognates in several other European languages, e.g. Spanish Garrafa, German Karaffe, and any of these could lie behind the American family name.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press