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The surname Cimino 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 Cimino 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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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.

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.


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

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Another 167 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cimino Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cimino Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Alfonso Cimino, aged 29, who landed in America from Racalmuto, Italy, in 1906
  • Andrea Cimino, aged 63, who settled in America from Ielsi, in 1906
  • Cimino, who emigrated to America from Cefalu, Sicily, in 1913
  • Angelo Cimino, aged 30, who emigrated to America from Carlopoli, Italy, in 1913
  • Agata Cimino, aged 22, who landed in America from Mistretta, Sicily, in 1921


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  • James J. Cimino, American physician-scientist and biomedical informatician
  • T. Rafael Cimino (b. 1963), American novelist and screenwriter
  • Peter William Cimino (b. 1942), retired American professional baseball player
  • Michael Cimino (b. 1939), Italian-American film director, screenwriter, producer and author
  • Victor Cimino Jr., American politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Milford, 1940, 1946, 1948
  • Leonardo Cimino (b. 1918), Italian film and television and stage actor


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  5. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
  6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
  10. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
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The Cimino Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cimino 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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