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Cusumano is a Sicilian surname. Variant spellings include Cusimano and Cusamano (a variation found in Western Sicily). Cusumano is the spelling used in western Sicily and Cosimano is found in eastern Sicily. There are also many other variants that conform to a lot of known dialectal conventions of those parts of Sicily.

The surname comes from a personal name which de Felice[1] suggests may be a fusion of two saints’ names: Cosmas + Damiano, with a loss of the last syllable of one and the first of the other. Alternatively, Caracausi takes "Cusumano" to be a regional variant of the Late Greek personal name Kosmas (see Cosma) or a short form of an old personal name beginning with Kosm-. He also suggests that it could be derived from the Arabic "Quzman".[2][3]

The name also means "to sew by hand", which could mean that the name was given to someone in the village that sewed.

It may refer to:


  1. ^ De Felice, Emidio (1997). Dizionario dei cognomi italiani. Guide & manuali, Dizionari Mondadori (in Italian) (1. Guide & manuali ed.). Milano: Mondadori. ISBN 88-04-42559-8. Retrieved 29 July 2009. 
  2. ^ "Cusimano Family History Facts 1920". Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  3. ^ Hanks, Patrick (27 Mar 2003). Dictionary of American Family Names: 3-Volume Set. USA: OUP. ISBN 978-0-19-508137-4. Retrieved 29 July 2009.