Nicosia History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Nicosia surname is a habitational name, taken on from the name of the city of Enna in Sicily.

Early Origins of the Nicosia family

The surname Nicosia was first found in Catania the chief town in the province of Catania in Sicily. It was founded in 729 B.C. by natives of Naxos. In 476 B.C. it was invaded by Syracusians. Then it became a Roman colony under Augustus. It was sacked by the Saracens in 902, taken by the Normans in 1087. It was heavily bombed during WWII and was the site of stiff resistance in 1943. 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.

Early History of the Nicosia family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nicosia research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1477, 1573, 1715, and 1787 are included under the topic Early Nicosia History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Nicosia Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Nicotra, Nicosia, Nicotera, Nicotri, Nicoteri, Niccotra, Niccotera, Niccoteri and many more.

Early Notables of the Nicosia family (pre 1700)

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nicosia Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Nicosia family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Flosi Nicossio, age 17, who arrived in America on Mar. 4, 1886, aboard the "Labrador"; Francesco Nicotera, age 10, who arrived in New York on Oct. 25, 1886, aboard the ".


Contemporary Notables of the name Nicosia (post 1700) +

  • Salvatore Nicosia, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 1st District, 1976 [1]
  • R. Sery Nicosia, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1956 [1]
  • Joseph A. Nicosia (b. 1903), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1932; Member of New York State Assembly from Erie County 1st District, 1934-35; Defeated, 1930, 1935 [1]
  • John B. Nicosia (1910-1985), American Democrat politician, Mayor of East Chicago, Indiana, 1964-72; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1964 [1]
  • Francis J. Nicosia, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 3rd District, 1928 [1]
  • Chris Nicosia, American politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota, 1989 [1]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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