Venice. 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. The most common type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Cocimano came from the given name Cosma, which is derived from the Latin Cosmas, which means harmony.
Early Origins of the Cocimano family
Early History of the Cocimano family
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Cocimano Spelling Variations
hundred years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations were the unsurprising result. The variations of Cocimano include De Cosimo, Cosma, Cosmo, Cosmi, Cusma, Cosimo, Cosimi, De Cosmo, De Cosmis, Cosmelli, Cosimelli, Cosmini, Cosmin, Gosmin, Gusmin, Cosimini, Cosimato, Cosmano, Cosmani, Cosini, Cusmano, Gusmani, Cusimano, Cusumano and many more.
Early Notables of the Cocimano family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cocimano family to the New World and Oceana
Immigrants bearing the name Cocimano or a variant listed above include: Felix Cosme, aged 30, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1924; Francisco Cosme, aged 19, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1917; and Heleni Cosme, aged 25, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1909..
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