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Where did the Italian Cocimano family come from? What is the Italian Cocimano family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cocimano family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cocimano family history?

The distinguished surname Cocimano can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of 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.


Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few 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.

First found in Padua (Italian: Padova, Latin: Patavium, Venetian: Padoa), on the Bacchiglione River, capital of the province of Padua, when Niccol Cosmico was a famous poet there in 1420.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cocimano research. More information is included under the topic Early Cocimano History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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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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The Cocimano Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cocimano 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.

This page was last modified on 26 September 2011 at 12:45.

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