American Mafia History Website

The American Mafia history website logo

American Mafia Website - Gangster Nicknames

The list of nicknames below is not restricted to members, leaders and associates of the American Mafia. Each nickname shown is generally linked with the named individuals by law enforcement authorities, press and/or underworld associates. (A number of underworld figures did not approve of their widely used nicknames and discouraged their use.) Skip ahead in the list by clicking on an index letter below.

Jump to Menu
 

A

Return

Abbadabba - Otto Berman

Action Jackson - William Jackson (among others)

Al Brown - Giovanni Schillaci

Al Butch - Alfred Faicco

Al Ross - Al Rosato

Albo - Albert Vitali

Allie Boy - Alex Rudaj

Anthony Black - Anthony Furino

Artichoke King - Ciro Terranova

Augie - Agostino Camacho

Augie Pisano - Anthony Carfano

The Animal - Charles DeLutro

The Animal - Joseph Barboza

The Ant - Tony Spilotro

 

B

Return

Babe - N. Louis Triscaro, Louis Milo, George Tufanelli

Babo - Joseph Vento

Bald Head - Sebastiano Bellanca

Baldo - Baldassare Amato

Bananas - John DiFronzo

The Barber - Ralph Daniello, Joseph LaBarbara

The Baron - Nicholas Bonina

Barrels - Angelo Lombardi

Bats - Charley Battaglia

Bayonne Joe - Joseph Zicarelli

Beans - Louis Foceri

Ben Turpin - Philip Lombardo

Benny Eggs - Benny Mangano

Benny Squint - Philip Lombardo

Benny the Bug - Benjamin Ross

Benny the Bum - Benjamin DeMartino

Bibba - Albert Barone

Biffo - James Macagnone

Big Al - Alfred Polizzi

Big Ange - Angelo Lonardo

Big Carmine - Carmine Russo

Big Frank - Frank Pasqua

Big Head - Edward Vogel

Big Jim - James Colosimo, James Balestrere

Big Joe - Joe Lonardo

Big Joey - Joseph Massino

Big John - John Ormento

Big Leo - Leo Carlino

Big Mike - Michael Panetti, Michael Polizzi

Big Nose Nick - Nicholas Tolentino

Big Paulie - Paul Castellano

Big Sam - Settimo Accardi

Big Trin - Dominick Trinchera

Big Tuna - Tony Accardo

Big Vinny - Vincent Terracciano

Billy Jack - Vito Giacalone

Black Bill - William Tocco

Black Jim - James Colletti

Black Leo - Leonardo Cellura

Black Mike - Michael Galgano

Black Sam - Sam Todaro

Black Tony - Tony Teramine

Blackie - James T. Licavoli, Michael Galgano, Anthony Salerno

Blah-blah - George Smurra

Blind Pig - Alfredo Rossi

Blondie - Giuseppe Simonelli

Bo - Sabato Milo

Bobby Blanche - Nicholas Belangi

Bobby Doyle - Girolamo Santucci

Bobby Ha Ha - Robert Attanasio

Bobby Phones - Robert Sanseverino

Bomber - James Catura

Bomp - Frank Bompensiero

Boo Boo - Max Hoff

Boobie - John Cerasini

Bottles - Ralph Capone

Bozey - Arnold Squitieri

Bozzi - Peter Vitale

The Brain - Arnold Rothstein

Brokey - Eddie Guarella

Buck Jones - Steve Casertano

Buckalo - Anthony Ferro

The Bug - Charles Workman

Bugs - George Moran

Bugsy - Benjamin Siegel

The Builder - Joe Andriacchi

Bull - Peter Baratta

Buster - Sebastiano Domingo, John Ardito, Sebastian Aloi, Sebastian Ofrica

Butch - Dominic Blasi

Butsey - Frank Morelli

 

C

Return

Calico Kid - Frank Teutonico

The Camel - Murray Humphreys

Captain Moon - Ralph Sprizzi

The Cat - Felix Monaco

Chappy - Lorenzo Brescia

Charles Harmon - Arthur Flegenheimer

Charles Ross - Charlie Luciano (Salvatore Lucania)

Charley Bananas - Charles Coppolino

Charley Brush - Charles Dongarra

Charley Bullets - Charles Albero

Charley Four Cents - Angelo Salerno

Charlie Beck - Charles DiPalermo

Charlie Lucky - Charlie Luciano (Salvatore Lucania)

Charlie Moose - Charles Panarella

Charlie the Blade - Charles Tourine Sr.

Charlie the Sidge - Charles LoCicero

Charlie West - Charles DeLutro

Charlie the Wop - Charles Barcellona

Chee Chee - Frank DeMayo

Cheech - Frank Scalise, Frank Livorsi

Cheesebox - Mickey Callahan

The Cheeseman - Carmen DiNunzio

The Cheeseman - Frank Cucchiara

Cherry Nose - Charles Gioe

Chester - Cesare Lamare

Chick 99 - Frank Callace

Chick Wilson - Frank Cintrano

Chicken Man - Philip Testa

Chin - Vincent Gigante

Chink - Arthur Leo

Chuckie English - Charles Iglesia

Cigar - Carmine Galante

The Clown - Joey Lombardo

Clutch Hand - Giuseppe Morello

Clutching Hand - Giuseppe Piraino

Coca Cola - Louis DeBenedetto

Cockeye Nick - Nicholas Ratenni

Cockeye Phil - Philip Lombardo

Cockeye Sam - Santo Perrone

Cockeyed Freddy - Ferdinando Salerno

Cockeyed Joe - Joe Catalanotte

Cockeyed Louie - Louis Fratto

Cokie Dom - Dominic Alongi

Cork - Carl Civella

Cowboy - George Martorano, James Mirro

Crazy Joe - Joey Gallo

Crazy Tommy - Thomas Contaldo

 

D

Return

Dago Lawrence - Lawrence Mangano

Dandy Phil - Phil Kastell

Danny Hogans - Dan Scarglatta

Danny Yankee - Dominick Bianco

Dapper Don - John Gotti

Dasher - Frank Abbandando

Diamond Jim - Jim Colosimo

Doctor - Carmine Lombardozzi

Dodo Del - Generoso DelDuca

Dom the Sailor - Dominick DeQuarto

Duke - John DeNoia

Dutch (Dutchman) Schultz - Arthur Flegenheimer

 

E

Return

Eddie Buff - Edward Lanzieri

Eddie Scar - Edward Capobiano

The Enforcer - Frank Nitti, Michael Rubino

Eye Glasses - Nicholas Marangello

 

F

Return

Farby - Frank Serpico

Fat Dominic - Dominic Peter Corrado

Fat Freddie - Ferdinand Salerno

Fat Tony - Anthony Salerno

Fats - Nunzio Romano, Dominic Corrado

Fifi - Fiore Buccieri

The Fire Bug - Michael Glitta

Flip - George Filippone

Foongy - Philip Gambino

Footo Foots - John Biello

Four Cents - Angelo Salerno

The Fox - Johnny Torrio, Louis Taglianetti

Frank Miller - Frank Luciano

Frank Page - Frank Pasqua

Frank the Boss - Frank Moccardi

Frank the Bug - Ottilio Caruso

Frankie Casino - Francesco Cucola

Frankie Hot Dogs - Frank Marciano

Frankie Reno - Frank Ruggiero

Frankie the Bug - Ottilio Caruso

Frankie the Wop - Frank Gagliardi

Freche - Frank Tornabene

Fred Lupo - Frederico Randaccio

Freddie the Sidge - Freddie DeFilippo

Funzi - Frank Tieri

Funzied - Alphonse D'Ambrosio

Fury - Fiore Siano

 

G

Return

Galuche - Rocky Galucci

The Gap - Dominick Petrilli

Gaspipe - Anthony Casso

Gene Harlow - Vincent Martino

George the Greek - George Bravos

Georgie Hooks - George Nobile

Georgie Lefty - George Rizzo

The German - Frank Schweihs

The Ghost - Joe Pangallo

Gigalee - Vincent Cestaro

Good Looking Al - Al Criscuolo

Good-looking Sal - Salvatore Vitale

Good-looking Tommy - Armando Rava

Greasy Thumb - Jake Guzik

The Grim Reaper - Gregory Scarpa

Grio - Anthony Vadala

Guns - George DeRenna

Gus - Cosmo Frasca

Gyp - Angelo DeCarlo

Gyp the Blood - Harry Horowitz

Gyp the Blood - Joseph Imondi

 

H

Return

Happy - Harold Meltzer

Harp - Anthony DePalma

Harpo - Frank Trapani

Heartless - Rosario Dispenza

Henry Marks - Ernest Infelice

Hoboken Joe - Joseph Stassi

Hoptoad - Giuseppe Guinta

Hot Dogs - Frank Liscandrella

The Hump - Murray Humphreys

The Hunchback - Harry Riccobene

Hymie - Earl Weiss

 

I

Return

Iceman - Richard Kuklinski

Il Bove - Tomasso Petto

The Indian - Paul Schiro

 

J

Return

Jack Panels - Anthony Santoli

Jack White - Vincenzo Licavoli

Jerry Moore - Gerardo Mosciello

Jerry the Lug - Angelo Iandosco

Jiggs - Nicholas Forlano

Jimmy Battles - Jimmy Battaglia.

Jimmy Blue Eyes - Vincent Alo

Jimmy Doyle - James Plumeri

Jimmy Jerome - Vincent Squillante

Jimmy Jones - Vincent Potenza

Jimmy Marino - Vincenzo LePore

Jimmy Q - Raffael Quasarano

Jimmy Regace - Dominic Brucceleri

Jimmy Rush - James Picarelli

Jimmy the Bat - James Cardello

Jimmy the Blond - Vincent Corrao

Jimmy the General - Generoso Barbieri

Jimmy the Monk - James Allegretti

Jimmy the Sniff - James Ventelaro (Vintaloro)

Jimmy Ward - James Massi

Jimmy the Weasel - Aladena Fratianno

Jo Jo - Joseph Pecora

Jo Jo - Joseph Manfredi

Joe Adonis - Giuseppe Doto

Joe Babes - Joseph Bendinelli

Joe Baker - Joe Catania

Joe Bananas - Joseph Bonanno

Joe Bandy - Joseph Biondo

Joe Batters - Tony Accardo

Joe Beck - Joseph Lapi, Joseph DiPalermo

Joe Bikini - Joseph Brocchini

Joe Cago - Joseph Valachi

Joe Cargo - Joseph Valachi

Joe Church - Joseph DiGiovanni

Joe Curly - Joseph Agone

Joe Desi - Joseph DeSimone

Joe Diamond - Natale Evola

Joe from Pelham Bay - Joe Emanuel

Joe Gags - Joseph Gagliano

Joe Malyak - Giuseppe Magliocco

Joe Padoots - Giuseppe Parlapiano

Joe Palisades - Joseph Rosato

Joe Peck - Joseph Pecora

Joe Pelham Bay - Joseph Emanuele

Joe Pitts - Dominick Petito

Joe Rivers - Joseph Silesi

Joe Ross - Joseph DeNegris

Joe Scootch - Joseph Indelicato

Joe Shakes - Joseph DiStefano

Joe Ship - Joseph Schipani

Joe Stretch - Joseph Stracci

Joe Stutz - Joseph Tortorici

Joe Swede - Joseph Paterra

Joe Sweets - Joseph Patterra

Joe the Barber - Joseph Barbara

Joe the Boss - Giuseppe Masseria

Joe the Builder - Joseph Andriacci

Joe the Gent - Joseph Schipani

Joe the Grocer - Joe Catania

Joe the Indian - Joseph Polverino

Joe Uno - Joseph Zerilli

Joe Yack - Joseph Yacovelli

Joey Doves - Joseph Aiuppa

John the Bug - John Stopelli

Johnny Bananas - John DiBiase

Johnny Bath Beach - John Oddo

Johnny Coke - John Lardiere

Johnny Connecticut - John Busso

Johnny Dee - John D'Allessio

Johnny Dio - John Dioguardi

Johnny Foto - John Biele

Johnny Hooks - John Capra

Johnny Mag - John Mangiaracina

Johnny Roberts - John Robilotto

Johnny Sausage - John Barbato

Jojo - Joseph Manfredi

Juke Box - Fred Smith

 

K

Return

Kango - Anthony Imburnone

Kelly - Gabriel Mannarino

Keystone - Albert LePore

Kid Blast - Albert Gallo

Kid Twist - Abe Reles

Killer - Fred Burke

Killer Kane - Lester Kruse

Killing Machine - Greg Scarpa

King - Charles Solomon

 

L

Return

Larry Black - Lawrence Centore

Larry the Hood - Lawrence Buonaguidi

Leash - Carl Silesia

Lefty - Benjamin Ruggiero, Frank Rosenthal

Legs - Jack Diamond

Lepke - Louis Buchalter

Lew Farrell - Louis Fratto

Li'l Augie - Anthony Carfano

Libby - Dominic Nuccio

Lilo - Carmine Galante

Lips - Leo Moceri

Little Angie - Angelo Tuminaro

Little Caesar - Placido Divarco

Little Davey - David Petillo

Little Eli - Eli Zaccardi

Little Jeff - John Lepore

Little Joe - Joseph Notaro

Little Larry - Lawrence Dentico

Little Moe - Anthony Presenzano

Little Nicky - Nicodemo Scarfo

Little Paddy - Pasquale Erra

Little Pussy - Anthony Russo

Little Sally - Salvatore Celembrino

Little Vince - Vincent Meli

Long Joe - Joseph Bommarito

Long John - Raymond Martorano

Longie - Abner Zwillman

Lord High Executioner - Albert Anastasia

Louie Bagels - Louis Daidone

Louie Ha Ha - Louis Attanasio

Louie Lump Lump - Louis Baronne

Louis Dome - Louis Pacella

Louis Santos - Santo Trafficante

Lucky - Charlie Luciano (Salvatore Lucania), Anthony Perna

 

M

Return

Machiavelli - Anthony Megale

Machine Gun - James DeMora (Jack McGurn)

Machine Gun Kelly - George Kelly Barnes

Machine Gun Pete - Pietro Corrado

Mad Bomber - Frank Balistrieri

Mad Dog - Charley Gargotta, Vincent Coll

Mad Hatter - Albert Anastasia

Mad Sam - Samuel DeStefano

Matty Brown - Matthew Fortunato

Matty the Horse - Matthew Ianniello

Mickey Bats - Michael Cardello

Mickey Morris - Morris Barra

Mickey the Wiseguy - Michael Rocco

Mike Polio - Michael Poli

Mike Rossi - Michael Maione

Mike Scandi - Mike Scandifia

Mike Schatz - Michael Abbatemarco

Mike the Geep - Michael Sedotto

Mikey Dee - Mike D'Allessio

Mikey Boots - Michele Sottile

Mikey Scars - Michael DiLeonardo

Millionaire Charlie - Charles Matranga

Milwaukee Phil - Felix Alderisio

Mimi - Dominick Scialo, Gaetano Martino, Michael Sabella

Misery - Joseph Moceri

Momo - Sam Giancana

The Monk - James Allegretti

Mooney - Sam Giancana

The Mouse - Leo Rugendorf

Mr. Gribs - Carmine Tramunti

Mr. Jacobs - Sam Finazzo

Mr. T. - Aniello Ercole

Muscles - George Futterman, Anthony Vazzano

Mule Ears - John Wolek

Mustache Pat - Pasquale Capolongo

 

N

Return

Neal - Aniello Dellacroce

Needles - Leonard Gianola

Nicky Nails - Nick Dedaj

Nicky the Wig - Nicholas Vuolo

No Nose - John DiFronzo

Nono - Onofrio Minaudo

Nucky - Enoch Johnson

 

O

Return

The Old Man - Giuseppe Profaci, Rocco Pellegrino

One-Ear Frankie - Frank Fratto

The Owl - James Catura

 

P

Return

Paddy Mush - Pasquale Moccio

Papa John - Giovanni Priziola

Papa John - John Priziola

The Parrot - Rocco Potenza

Pat the Barber - Americo Bucci

Patsy Ryan - Pasquale Eboli

Patty Muscles - Patrick Romanello

Patty Mush - Pasquale Moccio

Paul Kelly - Paolo Veccarelli

Paulie Ham - Paul Correale

Peaches - Anthony DeLordo

Peanut - Paul Panczko

Peanuts - John Tronolone

Pete Herman - Armando Perillo

Peter Rabbit - Peter Calabrese

Petey Boxcars - Peter Cosoleto

Petey Cap - Pete Capolongo

Petey Muggins - Peter Mione

Petey Pumps - Peter Ferrara

Phil Lucky - Philip Giaccone

Philly Brush - Philip Tartaglia

Philly Katz - Philip Albanese

Piddu - Giuseppe Morello

Pineapples - Anthony Eldorado

Piney - Joseph Armone

Pip the Blind - Joseph Gagliano

Pipi - Bernard Posner

Pizza Al - Al Tornabene

Poolio - Anthony DeRosa

Popcorn - John Vaccaro

Pope - Alexander D'Allessio

Pope Dee - Alexander D'Allessio

Potatoes - William Daddano

Prime Minister - Frank Costello

Puggy - Angelo Loiacono

Punchy - Frank Illiano

 

Q

Return

Queenie - Tarquin Simonelli

 

R

Return

Ralph Tattles - Ralph Polizzio

Ralph the Gangster - Ralph Eppolito

Richie the Boot - Ruggiero Boiardo

Rip - Louis Koury

Ripe Tony - Anthony Thomas Civella

Rocky - Ernest Infelice

Rooster - Eugene Onofrio

Ruffy - Joseph Liscandrella

Rusty - Philip Rastelli

The Rifleman - Stephen Flemmi

 

S

Return

The Saint - Vincent Inserro, Anthony St. Laurent

Sally Bugs - Salvatore Briguglio

Sally Burns - Salvatore Granello

Sally D - Salvatore D'Ambrosio

Sally Shields - Salvatore Shillitani

Sam Balto - Santo Trafficante

Sam the Plumber - Simone DeCavalcante

Sammy Bull - Salvatore Gravano

Sammy G - Sam Giordano

Sammy Mintz - Sabato Muro

Sammy the Assassin - Salvatore Peritore

Sandy - Santino Ruggerio

Saro - Rosario Mogavero

Sasa - Rosario Parrino

Scarface - Alphonse Capone, Joseph DiGiovanni, Joe Bommarito

Schalutz - Charles Gagliodotto

Schatz - Michael Abbatemarco, Frank Abbatemarco

Schemer - Vincent Drucci

Scoop - Charles Scoperto

Scootch - Joseph Indelicato

Sharkey - Alfred Cupola

Shears - Salvatore Maneri

The Sheik - Salvatore Mussachio

Shoes - Marshall Caifano, Joseph Caruso

Shots - Anthony Abbatemarco

The Sidge - Charles LoCicero

Silver Dollar Sam - Sam Carolla

Singing Sam - Salvatore Lorenzo

Skid - Frank Caruso

Skinny Dom - Dom Pizzonia

Skinny Mike - Michael Pecoraro

Skunge - Anthony Granza

Sleepy - Charles Barcellona

Skinny Joey - Joseph Merlino

Skinny Mike - Matthew Cuomo

Slim - Gus Alex

Smitty - Thomas D'Angelo

Smokes - William Aloisio

The Snake - Carmine Persico

Snorky - Alphonse Capone

Socks - Joseph Lanza

Sonny - John Franzese

Sonny Black - Dominick Napolitano

Sonny Red - Alphonse Indelicato

Sparky - Dominic Corrado

Specs - Charles DiCaro

The Spider - Joseph DiCaro

The Spoon - Frank Cucchiara

Spud - Ralph Vicaro

Staten Island Joe - Joseph Riccobono

Stevie Blue - Stephen Locurto

Strongy - Frank Ferrera

Stymie - Mark Maiuzzo

Swat Mulligan - Dominick Ciaffone

Sylvester - Arnold Squitieri

 

T

Return

T Balls - Anthony LoPinto

Tano - Thomas Lococo

Tea Bags - Anthony LoPinto

Teddy the Bum - Theodore DeMartino

Teets - Sam Battaglia

Teflon Don - John Gotti

The Breeze - Frank Calabrese

The Shadow - Ferdinand Boccia

Three-Finger Brown - Tommy Lucchese

Tico - Anthony Antico

Timmy Murphy - Thomas Pecora

Toddo - Gaetano Marino

Tokyo Joe - Ken Eto

Tom Mix - Joseph Rosato, Salvatore Santoro

Tommy Brown - Tommy Lucchese

Tommy Bull - Tommy Penocchio

Tommy Bullets - Thomas Licata

Tommy Dio - Thomas Dioguardi

Tommy Palmer - Thomas Greco

Tommy Ryan - Thomas Eboli

Tommy Sneakers - Thomas Cacciopoli

Tommy the Priest - Thomas Musto

Tommy Twitch - Thomas Cacciopoli

Tony Andrews - Anthony Florio

Tony Bananas - Antonio Caponigro

Tony Bender - Anthony Strollo

Tony Boy - Anthony Boiardo

Tony Canadian - Anthony Sandrelli

Tony Cheese - Anthony Marchitto

Tony Ducks - Antonio Corallo

Tony Jack - Anthony Joseph Giacalone

Tony Katz - Anthony Albanese

Tony Long - Anthony Cimini

Tony Mack - Anthony DeMonte

Tony Moon - Anthony Ciccone

Tony Pro - Anthony Provenzano

Tony Shots - Anthony Abbatemarco

Tony Skunge - Anthony Granza

Tony Tea Bags - Anthony LoPinto

Tony the Bum - Anthony DeMartino

Tony the Chief - Cassandro Bonasera

Tony the Cripple - Anthony Cassetta

Tony the Geep - Anthony Sedotto

Tony the Sheik - Anthony Carillo

Tony the Wig - Anthony Vazzano

Toto - Salvatore D'Aquila, Salvatore Trafficante

Tough Tony - Anthony Anastasio, Anthony Capezio

Trigger Mike - Mike Coppola

Tugboat - John Tognino

 

U

Return

Uno - Joseph Zerilli

 

V

Return

Vinny Bruno - Vincent Mauro

Vinny Gorgeous - Vincent Basciano

Vinny the Chin - Vincent Gigante

 

W

Return

The Waiter - Paul Ricca/DeLucia

The Wolf - Ignazio Lupo

Wahoo - Aniello Mancuso

Waxey Gordon - Irving Wexler

Wee Willie - William Messino

Westo - Salvatore Imperiale

The Whip - Joseph Triglia

Whitey - Ciro Terranova

Whitey - James Bulger

Whitey - Ralph Tropiano

Willie Potatoes - William Daddano

Willie the Tile Maker - William Dara

Wings - Samuel A. Carlisi

 

X

Return

 

 

Y

Return

Yeast Baron - Giuseppe Siragusa

 

Z

Return

Zackie - John Savino

Zeke - Arnold Squitieri

Zopo - Aniello Prisco