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Where did the Italian Mancuso family come from? When did the Mancuso family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mancuso family history?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.
Spelling variations of this family name include: LaMancusa, LoMancuso, Manco, Manconi, Mancosu, Mancusi, Mancuso, Mangusi and many more.
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
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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Mancuso Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Mancuso Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
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