The toponym Cuce is first mentioned in 1431 in documents from Kotor, then again in a chrysobull of the Cetinje Monastery from the end of the 15th century. In Ottoman defters from 1521 and 1523, Cuce is mentioned as a village. The majority of inhabitants migrated to Cuce in the 16th and 17th century, from Old Herzegovina and Old Kuči. In 1718, after the Peace of Passowitz, the Cuce along with 9 other tribes of the Katun nahiya, became de facto independent from the Ottoman Empire.
Jovan Cvijić extensively studied the tribes of Old Montenegro. Cuce are divided into Upper Cuce and Lower Cuce. Most of the inhabitants of Upper Cuce descend from Herzegovina, while the inhabitants of Lower Cuce generally descend from the Kuči tribe.
- Krivokapići, brotherhood originally from Old Herzegovina
- Zviceri, originally from Old Kuči
- Đuričići (oldest family in Cuce)
- Ivanovići, brotherhood originally from Old Herzegovina, descending from Šćepan Ivanov; today all four brotherhoods are included in the Krivokapići; slava of St. Nicholas
- Tomanovići, originally from Old Kuči
The Djer-didije is a dance of the Cuce.
- Slavko Perović, famous Montenegrin politician.
- Ilarion Roganović, Metropolitan of Montenegro (1860-1882)
- Krsto Zrnov Popović, leader of the 1919 Christmas Uprising
- Andrija Popović, Montenegrin politician and former water polo player
- Predrag Mijatović, former Montenegrin football player
- Ranko Krivokapić, Montenegrin politician
- Radovan Krivokapić, Montenegrin football player
- Miodrag Krivokapić, former Montenegrin football player
- Goran Krivokapić, Montenegrin classical guitarist
- Miodrag Živković, Montenegrin politician
- Dragoljub Đuričić, prominent Serbian and Montenegrin musician
- Nenad Knežević Knez, popular Montenegrin singer
- Miodrag Krivokapić, Serbian actor; by paternal ancestry
- Boris Krivokapić, Serbian professor of Public International Law and Human rights and author; by paternal ancestry
- Milorad Krivokapic, Serbian-Hungarian handballer; by paternal ancestry
- Milorad Krivokapić, former Montenegrin water polo player
- Miloš Oben; Michel Aubin (1989). Njegoš i istorija u pesnikovom delu. Književne novine. p. 63. Retrieved 7 May 2013. "Бјелице су племе у Катунској нахији. Водили су 1829. оружану бор- бу са два суседна племена, Озринићима и Цуцама. Да би успоставио мир, Петар I је решио да им пошаље Симу Милутиновића и Мојсија"
- The poetics of Slavdom: the mythopoeic foundations of Yugoslavia - Zdenko Zlatar - Google Boeken. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2012-03-05.
- Yugoslav survey - Publicističko-izdavački zavod "Jugoslavija" (Belgrade, Serbia) - Google Boeken. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2012-03-05.
- Serb clans, "The clans of Old Montenegro"
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