The surname Cilento was first found in at Bari in Apulia, capital city of Bari; it contains the Cathedral of S. Sabino which was begun in 1034. In Roman times it was the junction between the coast road and Via Traiana. Its harbor is mentioned back in 180 B.C. It was a crusader town occupied by the Norman Robert Guiscard in 1071. It later acquired prosperity under Frederick II. 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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Wayne Cilento (b. 1949), award-winning American dancer and choreographer, best known for originating the role of "Mike" in the Broadway show A Chorus Line
Mario Cilento, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for New York, 2012 
Phyllis Cilento (1894-1987), Lady Cilento, born Phyllis Dorothy McGlew, an Australian medical practitioner, medical journalist, and pioneering advocate of family planning in Queensland, wife of Raphael Cilento
Diane Cilento (b. 1933), Australian theater and film actress
Giuseppe Cilento (1923-1994), Brazilian chemist
Sir Raphael West Cilento (1893-1985), Australian medical practitioner notable in the field of tropical medicine