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An excerpt from archives copyright © 2000 - 2016

The surname Coco was a patronymic created from the given name Cosma, which is derived from the Latin word "cosmas," which means "harmony." The Patronymic was the most common type of family name found in the region of Venice.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Cosmano, Cosmani, Cosmelli, Cosimi, Cusma, Cosma, Cusmano, Cosmanus, Gusmani, Gusmin, Gosmin, Cusumano, Cocimano, Cusmano and many more.

First found in Venice (Italian: Venezia), and seaport occupying one of the most remarkable sites of the world. Centralizing on the Grand Canal the history of the city can be traced through the different styles of architecture Byzantine, Gothic, early Renaissance and late Renaissance. It is rich in ancient palaces, churches, libraries, galleries, monuments, statues, treasures and artifacts. Its history is abundant in politics, art, religion, scholarship and conflict. The ducal palace was commenced in 1309. 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coco research. Another 261 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1308 and 1310 are included under the topic Early Coco History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Coco Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Lorenzo Coco, who settled in America in 1509

Coco Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Lorenzo Coco, who arrived in America in 1809
  • Bernardo Coco, aged 34, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • Bernardo Coco, who settled in New Orleans in 1829
  • E. Coco, who settled in San Francisco in 1852
  • Ferdinand Coco, who arrived in Wisconsin sometime between 1856 and 1870

Coco Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Agnes Coco, who arrived in Louisiana in 1916


  • Samuel J. Coco, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Illinois State Senate 11th District, 1938
  • Leo Coco, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1956
  • Chester John Coco (b. 1915), American Democrat politician, Member of Louisiana State Senate 17th District, 1944-50


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The Coco Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Coco 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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