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From the historical and enchanting Italian region of the islands of Sicily emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Mancuso family. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most common type of family name found in Sicily is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Mancuso is a name for a person who is left handed. The name Manco is derived from the Italian word mancino, which means a left-handed man. In fact, "Manco" is the southern form of the word mancino. Alternatively, the surname Manco is of local origin and is derived from the place-name Mancusi, a town in the Benevento region of Italy, south of Naples.

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The surname Mancuso was first found in the small town of Taormina, which is on the Eastern coast of the island, near the famous volcanic Mount Etna. A well known member of the family at this time was Girolamo Mancuso, who was a cavalier for the Emperor Charles V

Spelling variations of this family name include: LaMancusa, LoMancuso, Manco, Manconi, Mancosu, Mancusi, Mancuso, Mangusi and many more.


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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mancuso Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Agostine Mancuso, aged 12, who landed in America from Palermo, in 1893
  • Andreo Mancuso, aged 3, who emigrated to the United States from Palomo, in 1899

Mancuso Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Anna Mancuso, aged 43, who landed in America from Palermo, Italy, in 1900
  • Angelantonio Mancuso, aged 42, who landed in America from Napoli, in 1902
  • Agata Mancuso, aged 4, who emigrated to the United States from Parenti, in 1902
  • Anna Mancuso, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Panattieri, in 1904
  • Angelo Mancuso, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Valguarnera, Sicily, in 1907
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  • Tony Mancuso, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Onondaga County 1st District, 1954
  • Frank Mancuso, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee, 1977
  • Francis X. Mancuso, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1944
  • Eva Mancuso, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Rhode Island, 2004
  • Frank G. Mancuso Sr. (b. 1933), American Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures between 1984 and 1991
  • Don Mancuso (b. 1955), American rock music guitarist and songwriter
  • Frank G. Mancuso Jr. (b. 1958), American film producer
  • Gail Mancuso, American television director
  • Julia Mancuso (b. 1984), American alpine ski racer with the U.S. Ski Team
  • Carmelo Mancuso (b. 1965), retired Italian professional football player
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    Other References

    1. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    2. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    3. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    8. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    9. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    10. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
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