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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.

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Abbadabba - Otto Berman

Action Jackson - William Jackson (among others)

Al Brown - Giovanni Schillaci

Al Butch - Alfred Faicco

Al Ross - Al Rosato

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

 

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Babe - N. Louis Triscaro, Louis Milo

Babo - Joseph Vento

Baldo - Baldassare Amato

Bananas - John DiFronzo

The Barber - Ralph Daniello

The Baron - Nicholas Bonina

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

Big Al - Alfred Polizzi

Big Ange - Angelo Lonardo

Big Carmine - Carmine Russo

Big Jim - James Colosimo, James Balestrere

Big Joe - Joe Lonardo

Big Joey - Joseph Massino

Big John - John Ormento

Big Mike - Michael Panetti

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 Leo - Leonardo Cellura

Black Mike - Michael Galgano

Black Sam - Sam Todaro

Blackie - James T. Licavoli, Anthony Salerno

Blah-blah - George Smurra

Bo - Sabato Milo

Bobby Blanche - Nicholas Belangi

Bobby Doyle - Girolamo Santucci

Bobby Ha Ha - Robert Attanasio

Bobby Phones - Robert Sanseverino

Bomp - Frank Bompensiero

Boo Boo - Max Hoff

Boobie - John Cerasini

Bozey - Arnold Squitieri

The Brain - Arnold Rothstein

Buck Jones - Steve Casertano

Buckalo - Anthony Ferro

The Bug - Charles Workman

Bugs - George Moran

Bugsy - Benjamin Siegel

The Builder - Joe Andriacchi

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

Butch - Dominic Blasi

Butsey - Frank Morelli

 

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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

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

Cockeyed Freddy - Ferdinando Salerno

Cockeyed Louie - Louis Fratto

Cokie Dom - Dominic Alongi

Cork - Carl Civella

Cowboy - George Martorano

Crazy Joe - Joey Gallo

Crazy Tommy - Thomas Contaldo

 

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Dandy Phil - Phil Kastell

Danny Hogans - Dan Scarglatta

Danny Yankee - Dominick Bianco

Dapper Don - John Gotti

Dasher - Frank Abbandando

Diamond Jim - Jim Colosimo

Dodo Del - Generoso DelDuca

Dom the Sailor - Dominick DeQuarto

Duke - John DeNoia

Dutch (Dutchman) Schultz - Arthur Flegenheimer

 

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Eddie Buff - Edward Lanzieri

Eddie Scar - Edward Capobiano

 

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Farby - Frank Serpico

Fat Dominic - Dominic Peter Corrado

Fat Freddie - Ferdinand Salerno

Fat Tony - Anthony Salerno

Fats - Nunzio Romano

Flip - George Filippone

Footo Foots - John Biello

Four Cents - Angelo Salerno

The Fox - Johnny Torrio

Frank Page - Frank Pasqua

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

Freddie the Sidge - Freddie DeFilippo

Funzi - Frank Tieri

Fury - Fiore Siano

 

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Galuche - Rocky Galucci

The Gap - Dominick Petrilli

Gaspipe - Anthony Casso

Gene Harlow - Vincent Martino

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

 

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Happy - Harold Meltzer

Harp - Anthony DePalma

Harpo - Frank Trapani

Heartless - Rosario Dispenza

Hoptoad - Giuseppe Guinta

The Hump - Murray Humphreys

The Hunchback - Harry Riccobene

Hymie - Earl Weiss

 

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Iceman - Richard Kuklinski

Il Bove - Tomasso Petto

The Indian - Paul Schiro

 

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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 Sniff - James Ventelaro (Vintaloro)

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 Malyak - Giuseppe Magliocco

Joe Padoots - Giuseppe Parlapiano

Joe Palisades - Joseph Rosato

Joe Peck - Joseph Pecora

Joe Pelham Bay - Joseph Emanuele

Joe Rivers - Joseph Silesi

Joe Ross - Joseph DeNegris

Joe Scootch - Joseph Indelicato

Joe Shakes - Joseph DiStefano

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

Joey Doves - Joseph Aiuppa

John the Bug - John Stopelli

Johnny Coke - John Lardiere

Johnny Connecticut - John Busso

Johnny Dio - John Dioguardi

Johnny Foto - John Biele

Johnny Hooks - John Capra

Johnny Mag - John Mangiaracina

Johnny Roberts - John Robilotto

Johnny Sausage - John Barbato

 

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Kelly - Gabriel Mannarino

Kid Blast - Albert Gallo

Kid Twist - Abe Reles

Killer - Fred Burke

Killer Kane - Kruse

Killing Machine - Greg Scarpa

King - Charles Solomon

 

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Larry Black - Lawrence Centore

Leash - Carl Silesia

Lefty - Benjamin Ruggiero, Frank Rosenthal

Legs - Jack Diamond

Lepke - Louis Buchalter

Lew Farrell - Louis Fratto

Li'l Augie - Anthony Carfano

Lilo - Carmine Galante

Lips - Leo Moceri

Little Angie - Angelo Tuminaro

Little Davey - David Petillo

Little Eli - Eli Zaccardi

Little Jeff - John Lepore

Little Larry - Lawrence Dentico

Little Moe - Anthony Presenzano

Little Nicky - Nicodemo Scarfo

Little Paddy - Pasquale Erra

Little Pussy - Anthony Russo

Little Sally - Salvatore Celembrino

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)

 

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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 the Geep - Michael Sedotto

Mikey Boots - Michele Sottile

Mikey Scars - Michael DiLeonardo

Millionaire Charlie - Charles Matranga

Milwaukee Phil - Felix Alderisio

Mimi - Dominick Scialo, Gaetano Martino

Momo - Sam Giancana

Mooney - Sam Giancana

Mr. Gribs - Carmine Tramunti

Mr. T. - Aniello Ercole

Muscles - George Futterman, Anthony Vazzano

Mustache Pat - Pasquale Capolongo

 

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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

 

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The Old Man - Giuseppe Profaci, Rocco Pellegrino

 

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Paddy Mush - Pasquale Moccio

Papa John - Giovanni Priziola

Papa John - John Priziola

Patsy Ryan - Pasquale Eboli

Patty Muscles - Patrick Romanello

Patty Mush - Pasquale Moccio

Paul Kelly - Paolo Veccarelli

Paulie Ham - Paul Correale

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

Piney - Joseph Armone

Pip the Blind - Joseph Gagliano

Pizza Al - Al Tornabene

Popcorn - John Vaccaro

Pope Dee - Alexander D'Allessio

Prime Minister - Frank Costello

Puggy - Angelo Loiacono

Punchy - Frank Illiano

 

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Ralph Tattles - Ralph Polizzio

Ralph the Gangster - Ralph Eppolito

Richie the Boot - Ruggiero Boiardo

Rip - Louis Koury

Ripe Tony - Anthony Thomas Civella

Rooster - Eugene Onofrio

Rusty - Philip Rastelli

The Rifleman - Stephen Flemmi

 

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Sally Bugs - Salvatore Briguglio

Sally Burns - Salvatore Granello

Sally Shields - Salvatore Shillitani

Sam Balto - Santo Trafficante

Sam the Plumber - Simone DeCavalcante

Sammy Bull - Salvatore Gravano

Sammy the Assassin - Salvatore Peritore

Saro - Rosario Mogavero

Sasa - Rosario Parrino

Scarface - Alphonse Capone

Scarface - Joseph DiGiovanni

Scarface - Joe Bommarito

Schalutz - Charles Gagliodotto

Schemer - Vincent Drucci

Scoop - Charles Scoperto

Sharkey - Alfred Cupola

Shears - Salvatore Maneri

The Sheik - Salvatore Mussachio

Silver Dollar Sam - Sam Carolla

Skinny Dom - Dom Pizzonia

Skinny Joey - Joseph Merlino

Skinny Mike - Matthew Cuomo

Smitty - Thomas D'Angelo

The Snake - Carmine Persico

Snorky - Alphonse Capone

Socks - Joseph Lanza

Sonny - John Franzese

Sonny Black - Dominick Napolitano

Sonny Red - Alphonse Indelicato

Sparky - Dominic Corrado

The Spoon - Frank Cucchiara

Spud - Ralph Vicaro

Staten Island Joe - Joseph Riccobono

Stevie Blue - Stephen Locurto

Stymie - Mark Maiuzzo

Swat Mulligan - Dominick Ciaffone

Sylvester - Arnold Squitieri

 

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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

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 Moon - Anthony Ciccone

Tony Pro - Anthony Provenzano

Tony Skunge - Anthony Granza

Tony Tea Bags - Anthony LoPinto

Tony the Bum - Anthony DeMartino

Tony the Cripple - Anthony Cassetta

Tony the Geep - Anthony Sedotto

Tony the Sheik - Anthony Carillo

Tony the Wig - Anthony Vazzano

Toto - Salvatore D'Aquila

Tough Tony - Anthony Anastasio

Trigger Mike - Mike Coppola

Tugboat - John Tognino

 

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Uno - Joseph Zerilli

 

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Vinny Bruno - Vincent Mauro

Vinny Gorgeous - Vincent Basciano

Vinny the Chin - Vincent Gigante

 

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The Waiter - Paul Ricca/DeLucia

The Wolf - Ignazio Lupo

Wahoo - Aniello Mancuso

Waxey Gordon - Irving Wexler

Wee Willie - William Messino

Westo - Salvatore Imperiale

Whitey - Ciro Terranova

Whitey - James Bulger

Whitey - Ralph Tropiano

Willie Potatoes - William Daddano

Willie the Tile Maker - William Dara

Wings - Samuel A. Carlisi

 

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Yeast Baron - Giuseppe Siragusa

 

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Zackie - John Savino

Zeke - Arnold Squitieri

Zopo - Aniello Prisco