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The surname Cuomo is thought to be a local name; that is, a surname derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signified emigration from one place to another, but did not necessarily denote nobility. The Cuomo family most likely took on this surname from the city of Como, in Lombardy. The name Como is also thought to have been a shortened form of the name Giacomo, the Italian equivalent to James.

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The surname Cuomo was first found in at Como, a city and comune in Lombardy, Italy, the administrative capital of the Province of Como. It was originally a Roman colony, was home to Bishop Saint Felix of Como (d. ca. 390 AD,) and later became an independent commune. The first of the name on record appears to be Elia Como of Padua province, who was the mayor of Castelbardo in 1489.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Como, Comi, Comello, Comelli, Comèl, Comellini, Comelini, Comellato, Comiti, Comitti, Comici, Cominazzo, Cuomo, Cometto, Cometti, Comino, Comini, Comotti, Comolli and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cuomo research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1507, 1550, 1606 and 1750 are included under the topic Early Cuomo History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was Girolamo Comi, a painter born in Modena in 1507, whose works can still be seen today in London, Milan, and around Italy; Antonio Cometto and Domenico Benedetto Cometto, brothers and prominent architects from Ticino, around 1550; Leonardo...

Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cuomo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cuomo Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Rocco Cuomo, age 31, who came to New York on Jan. 12, 1884, aboard the "Indipendente"
  • Filomena Cuomo, age 30, who arrived in New York on June 11, 1886, aboard the "Indipendente"

Cuomo Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Adelaide Cuomo, aged 29, who landed in America from Napoli, in 1902
  • Adolfo Cuomo, aged 14, who landed in America from Lettere, Napoli, in 1906
  • Alfonso Cuomo, aged 19, who landed in America from Nocera Infre, Italy, in 1906
  • Aniello Cuomo, aged 3, who emigrated to the United States from Lettere, Italy, in 1907
  • Adelina Cuomo, aged 21, who settled in America from Agerola, Napoli, in 1907
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  • Mario Matthew Cuomo (1932-2015), American public official, 52nd Governor of New York (1983-1995)
  • Gennaro "Jerry" Cuomo (b. 1962), American software engineer working for IBM since 1987, appointed the title of IBM Fellow who has filed for over 40 US patents
  • Douglas J. Cuomo (b. 1958), American composer
  • Rivers Cuomo (b. 1970), American musician
  • Christopher "Chris" Cuomo (b. 1970), American television journalist, ABC News co-anchor for 20/20, son of Mario Cuomo
  • Andrew Mark Cuomo (b. 1957), American politician, 56th Governor of New York State, son of Mario Cuomo
  • Mario Matthew Cuomo (b. 1932), American Democrat politician, Secretary of State of New York, 1975-78; Lieutenant Governor of New York, 1979-82; Governor of New York, 1983-94; Defeated, 1994
  • Andrew Mark Cuomo (b. 1957), American Democrat politician, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, 1997-2001; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2008; Governor of New York, 2011-
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    Other References

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