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Where did the Italian Cusimano family come from? What is the Italian Cusimano family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cusimano family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cusimano family history?

The surname Cusimano was a patronymic created from the given name Cosma, which is derived from the Latin word "cosmas," which means "harmony." The Patronymic was the most common type of family name found in the region of Venice.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Cosmano, Cosmani, Cosmelli, Cosimi, Cusma, Cosma, Cusmano, Cosmanus, Gusmani, Gusmin, Gosmin, Cusumano, Cocimano, Cusmano and many more.

First found in Venice (Italian: Venezia), and seaport occupying one of the most remarkable sites of the world. Centralizing on the Grand Canal the history of the city can be traced through the different styles of architecture Byzantine, Gothic, early Renaissance and late Renaissance. It is rich in ancient palaces, churches, libraries, galleries, monuments, statues, treasures and artifacts. Its history is abundant in politics, art, religion, scholarship and conflict. The ducal palace was commenced in 1309. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cusimano research. Another 261 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1308 and 1310 are included under the topic Early Cusimano History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Cusimano Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cusimano Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Andrea Cusimano, aged 6, who emigrated to the United States from Monreale, Sicily, in 1909
  • Angela Cusimano, aged 5, who landed in America from Nicosia, Sicily, in 1910
  • Angelo Cusimano, aged 36, who emigrated to America from Castelbuono, Sicily, in 1910
  • Andrea Cusimano, aged 21, who settled in America from Belmonte, Sicily, in 1913
  • Antonia Cusimano, aged 69, who landed in America from Balestrate, Sicily, in 1920


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  • Charles Vincent "Chuck" Cusimano II (b. 1954), American Republican politician from Jefferson Parish, Louisiana


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  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
  7. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
  10. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
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The Cusimano Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cusimano Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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