Gannuscio surname does not appear to be listed among the italian surnames and must be considered either locxal in origin to the town or area or "imported" as it were. It may very well be the surname may have originated centuries ago and the reason or menaing is lost in the mist of times or there may be some historical refernce somewhere. Try www.surnameweb.org for starters. Peter
I tyook the rare moment to look in the Italian word dictionary and since I am not an expert Iand can only conjecture, it would appear that the verb Gannire meaning to howl is also known as gagnolare (another verb having the same meaning) with the same description. There is another possiblity in the word Ganascia meaning jaw which is descriptive and in italian could be translated as Ganuscio. But this is only conjecture and food for thought and research. Peter
Gannuscio wrote:I can't find the meaning or the origin, or anything of where my last name comes from. My family tells me it comes from Sicily, but I am not to sure. Can anyone please help me out? THanks!!!!!!!
Hi in the past sure existing Gannuscio surname in Sicily(Mazara del Vallo and Bisacquino -probable origin your ancestor-, and more ..)but currently is very rare, but present..in all Sicily are only 35 Gannuscio families http://paginebianche.virgilio.it/pb/cer ... ia&x=0&y=0 also are an version Cannuscio surname coming from same area..the meaning probable are an local dialectal word...