The coat of arms is
recorded in "Nobiliary of Sicily", a book by Antonio Mango di
Castelgerardo 1912-1915. The Family Cusimano is recorded in the
Yearbook of Italian Nobility, XXXI edition, parts V. A painting of
the arms is on display in the collection of the noble coats of arms
of Sicily in Donnafugata Castle.
The Cusimano family descends from Leonardo Cusimano of Castelbuono,
c. 1500, the first ancestor for which any documentation has been
found. Following the epidemic that struck Castelbuono in 1600, the
family also created branches in Carini, Palermo and Termini Imerese.
Notable ancestors include Salvatore Cusimano (see Mango di
Castelgerardo) who was Praetor of Palermo in 1792 and then elected
to the Royal Grand Court of Palermo in 1812. The Cusimanos were very
close to the Royal House of Savoia and had an important political
part in the Unification of Italy in 1861. During the second world
war many documents were lost however the family has recently begun
to piece together their history and family papers have begun to be
The family has always had a great tradition of army and naval
officers as well as judges and professors and today the family
continues to be made up of distinguished journalists, university
professors, judges, and notaries.