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Gangster Nicknames

Below is an alphabetized collection of underworld nicknames used to refer to individuals of various ethnicities and eras. The nickname is shown first, followed by the name of the person(s) it refers to. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list but a sample of interesting/significant nicknames.

 

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Abbadabba - Otto Berman

Abby - Anthony Abbatemarco

Ace - Vincent Mangano

Action Jackson - William Jackson (among others)

Al Butch - Alfred Faicco

Allie Boy - Alphonse Persico, Alex Rudaj

Angel Face - Giovanni Torres

The Animal - Joseph Barboza

The Ant - Tony Spilotro

Anthony Black - Anthony Furino

Art Price - Arturo Misuraca

Artichoke King - Ciro Terranova

Augie Pisano - Anthony Carfano


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Babe - Louis Triscaro, Rosario Miraglia

Baby Face - Anthony DeStefano

Baby Face Nelson - Lester Gillis

Baby Shacks - Louis Manocchio

Baby Shanks - Louis Manocchio

Baldo - Baldassare Amato

The Barber - Ralph Daniello

Barney - Liborio Bellomo

Baron - Herman Lamm

Bats - Charley Battaglia

The Beast - Frank Falanga

Bells - Dominic DiBella

Benny Eggs - Venero Mangano

Benny Squint - Phillip Lombardo

Benny the Baker - Benjamin Vitagliano

Benny the Bomber - Benedict Bommarito

Benny the Bug - Benjamin Ross

Benny the Bum - Benjamin DeMartino

Big Al - Alfred Polizzi. Adolfo Bruno

Big Ange - Angelo Lonardo

Big Charley - Charles Carollo

Big Frank - Frank Balistrieri Sr., Frank Matranga

Big Gorilla - Luigi Lamendola

Big Greenie - Harry Greenberg

Big Jack - Jack Zelig, Jack Sirocco

Big Jim - James Colosimo

Big Joe - Joe Lonardo

Big Joey - Joseph Massino

Big John - John Ormento, Giovanni Misuraca

Big Mike - Giuseppe Spinelli

Big Nose - Charles Gioe

Big Nose Sam - Salvatore Cufari

Big Paul - Paul Palazzolo

Big Paulie - Paul Castellano

Big Phil - Philip Civello

Big Pussy - John Russo

Big Trin - Dominick Trinchera

Big Tuna - Tony Accardo

Bill the Butcher - William Poole

Billy Jack - Vito Giacalone

Billy Sunday - William Lantini

Billy the Butcher - William Masselli

Black Leo - Leonardo Cellura

Black Sam - Sam Todaro

Blackie - James T. Licavoli

Blah Blah - George Smurra

Blind Pete - Peter Marino

Blinky - Frank Palermo

The Blond Tigress - Eleanor Jarman

The Blonde - Joseph Gallo

Bobby Blanche - Nicholas Belangi

Bobby Doyle - Girolamo Santucci

Bobby Ha Ha - Robert Attanasio

Bobby Phones - Robert Sanseverino

Bomp - Frank Bompensiero

Bones - Louis Battista

Boo Boo - Max Hoff

Boobie - John Cerasini, Russell Clark

Bossie - Angelo Nigro

Bozey - Arnold Squitieri

The Brain - Arnold Rothstein

The Breeze - Frank Calabrese

Buck Jones - Vito Domiano, Stephen Casertano

Buckalo - Anthony Ferro

Buddy - Lawrence Salerno

Buffalo Bill - Angelo Palmeri

The Bug - Charles Workman

Buggsy - Martin Goldstein

Bugs - George Moran

Bugsy - Benjamin Siegel

The Builder - Joe Andriacchi

Bulldog - Nicholas Martello

Buster - Sebastiano Domingo, Sebastiano Aloi

Butch Cassidy - Robert Leroy Parker

Butsey - Frank Morelli


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Cadillac Charley - Charles Cavallaro

Cadillac Frank - Francis Salemme

Candy - John Candelmo

Captain Moon - Ralph Sprizza

The Cat - Felix Monaco

Chalutz - Michael Viggiano

Chappy - Lorenzo Brescia

Charles Harmon - Arthur Flegenheimer

Charles Ross - Charlie Luciano (Salvatore Lucania)

Charlie Bananas - Carmelo Coppolino

Charlie Brush - Rosario Dongarra

Charlie Buffalo - Calogero DiBenedetto

Charlie Bullets - Charles Albero

Charlie Lemons - Charles Mineo

Charlie Lucky - Charlie Luciano (Salvatore Lucania)

Chee Chee - Frank DeMayo

Cheech - Frank Scalise, Frank Livorsi

Cheesebox - Mickey Callahan

Cheeseman - Carmen DiNunzio

Chester - Cesare Lamare

Chick Spar - Anthony Della Russo

Chick Tricker - Francesco Tricca

Chicken Man - Philip Testa

The Chief - Cassandro Bonasera

Chin - Vincent Gigante

Chinky - Albert Facciano

Chippy - Alfred Scivola

Ciccio - Frank Milano

Cigar - Carmine Galante

The Clown - Joey Lombardo

Clutch Hand - Giuseppe Morello

Clutching Hand - Giuseppe Piraino

Cockeyed Nick - Nicholas Ratenni

Cockeyed Phil - Philip Lombardo

Colorado Joe - Joseph Morreale

Cookie - Michael D'Urso

Cork - Carl Civella

Count of Gramercy Park - Gerald Chapman

Cowboy - George Martorano

Crazy Joe - Joey Gallo

Creepy - Alvin Francis Karpis

Crumb - Joseph Tedeschi

Curly - John Montana

Cyclone - Vach Lewis


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Dago - Lawrence Mangano

Dandy Jack - Gioachino Parisi

Dandy Phil - Phil Kastell

Danny Yankee - Dominic Bianco

Dapper Don - John Gotti

Dasher - Frank Abbandando

Dempsey - Donato Laietta

Diamond Jim - Jim Colosimo

Dick Terry - Dominick Didato

Dirty Face Jimmy - Vincenzo Feraco

Doc - Vincent Danna

Docile Don - Angelo Bruno

Dom the Sailor - Dominic DeQuarto Sr.

Dom the Soldier - Dominic DeQuarto Jr.

Doves - Joseph Aiuppa

Dutch - George Anderson

Dutch (Dutchman) Schultz - Arthur Flegenheimer


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Eat 'Em Up - Jack McManus

Eddie Buff - Edward Lanzieri

Eddie Costello - Edward Castiglia


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Fat Dominic - Dominic Peter Corrado

Fat Freddie - Ferdinand Salerno

Fat Tony - Anthony Salerno

Fifi - Philip Giglio

Figgy - Anthony Ficarotta

Flat Nose - George Currie

Flip - George Filippone

Foongy - Philip Gambino

Four Cents - Angelo Salerno

The Fox - Johnny Torrio

Frank Casino - Francesco Cucola

Frank Costello - Francesco Castiglia

Frank Miller - Frank Luciano

Frankie B - Frank Brancato

Frankie Bal - Frank Balistrieri

Frankie C - Francesco Cammarata

Frankie Schatz - Francesco Abbatemarco

Frankie Shots - Francesco Abbatemarco

Frankie Skiball - Francesco Scibelli

Frankie the Bug - Ottilio Caruso

Frankie the Cat - Francesco Angiulo

Funzi - Alphonse Frank Tieri


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The Gap - Dominick Petrilli

Gaspipe - Anthony Casso

Gentleman John - John Masiello

Gerry Lang - Gennaro Langella

Gerry Moore - Gerardo Mosiello

The Ghost - Joe Pangallo

Good-looking Al - Alfred Criscuolo

Good-looking Sal - Salvatore Vitale

Greasy Thumb - Jake Guzik

The Grim Reaper - Gregory Scarpa

Gus - Costantino Scannabino, August Maniaci, Cosmo Frasca

Guv - Anthony Guarnieri

Gyp - Angelo DeCarlo


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Henry Noyes - Henry Selvitella

Hickey - Anthony DiLorenzo

The Hook - Harry Aleman

Hoptoad - Giuseppe Guinta

The Horse - Peter Licavoli, Matthew Ianiello, Joseph Salvati

The Hunchback - Harry Riccobene

Hymie - Earl Weiss


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Iceman - Richard Kuklinski

Il Bove - Tomasso Petto

Iron Man - Giuseppe Ardizzone


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J.L. - Joseph Lombardo

Jack McGurn - Vincenzo DeMora / Gibaldi

Jack White - Vincenzo Licavoli

Jackrabbit - John Dillinger

Jake the Barber - John Factor

Jelly - Frank Nash

Jerry Ryan - August Laietta

Jiggs - Nicholas Forlano

Jimmy the Weasel - Aladena Fratianno

Jimmy Blue Eyes - Vincent Alo

Jimmy Doyle - James Plumeri

Jimmy Kelly - Giovanni DiSalvio

Jimmy Nap - Vincenzo Napoli

Jimmy Q - Raffael Quasarano

Jimmy Regace - Dominic Brucceleri

Jimmy Rush - James Picarelli

Jimmy the General - Generoso Barbieri

Jimmy the Sniff - James Vintaloro

Jo Jo - Joseph Pecora, Joseph Vitacco

Joe Adonis - Giuseppe Doto

Joe Baker - Joe Catania

Joe Bananas - Joseph Bonanno

Joe Batters - Tony Accardo

Joe Beck - Joseph DiPalermo

Joe Camel - Joseph Caminiti

Joe Cargo - Joseph Valachi

Joe Church - Joseph DiGiovanni

Joe Curly - Joseph Agone

Joe Desi - Joseph DeSimone

Joe Diamond - Natale Evola

Joe Lefore - Joseph Colombo

Joe Palisades - Joseph Rosato

Joe Rivers - Joseph Silesi

Joe Scootch - Joseph Indelicato

Joe Shakes - Joseph DiStefano

Joe Stretch - Joseph Stracci

Joe Stutz - Joseph Tortorici

Joe Sweets - Joseph Paterra

Joe the Barber - Joseph Barbara

Joe the Boss - Giuseppe Masseria

Joe the Builder - Joseph Andriacci

Joe the Grocer - Joe Catania

Joe Uno - Joseph Zerilli

Joe Yack - Joseph Yacovelli

Joey Doves - Joseph Aiuppa

Johnny Bath Beach - John Oddo

Johnny Burns - John Morale

Johnny Chang - John Ciancaglini

Johnny Dio - John Dioguardi

Johnny Hooks - John Capra

Johnny Irish - John Matera

Johnny Sausage - John Barbato


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Kelly - Gabriel Mannarino

Kid Blast - Albert Gallo

Kid Curry - Harvey Logan

Kid Griffo - Giovanni Cuoco

Kid Twist - Abe Reles, Max Zweifach

Killer - Fred Burke, James Cunniffe

Killer Kane - Kruse

Killing Machine - Greg Scarpa

King - Charles Solomon, John Angersola

Kiing of the Night - Santo Volpe


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Larry Black - Lawrence Centore

Leash - Carl Silesia

Lefty - Benjamin Ruggiero, Vincent Cassese

Legs - Jack Diamond

Leo Lips - Calogero Moceri

Lepke - Louis Buchalter

Li'l Augie - Anthony Carfano

Little Augie - Jacob Orgen

Little Bozo - Joseph/Anthony Cortese

Little Nicky - Nicodemo Scarfo

Lilo - Carmine Galante

Lips - Calogero Moceri

Little Angie - Angelo Tuminaro

Little Davy - David Petillo

Little Larry - Lawrence Dentico

Little Man - Carlos Marcello

Little New York - Louis Campagna

Little Nicky - Nicodemo Scarfo

Little Paddy - Pasquale Erra

Little Pussy - Anthony Russo

Little Sally - Salvatore Celembrino

Lodi Pete - Peter LaPlaca

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 Jr.

Lucky - Charlie Luciano (Salvatore Lucania), Anthony Perna

The Lump - Louis Poggi

Lupo - Frederick Randaccio


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Ma - Kate Barker

Machiavelli - Anthony Megale

Machine Gun Jack McGurn - Vincenzo DeMora / Gibaldi

Machine Gun Kelly - George Barnes

Machine Gun Pete - Pietro Corrado

Mad Dog - Charles Gargotta, Vincent Coll, Nicholas Trainor

Mad Hatter - Albert Anastasia

Mad Sam - Samuel DeStefano

The Man - Raymond L.S. Patriarca

Matty the Horse - Matthew Ianniello

Meatball - Salvatore Aparo

Mickey Bats - Michael Cardello

Mickey Bone - Michael Bove

Mike Schatz - Michael Abbatemarco

Mikey Boots - Michele Sottile

Mikey Dee - Michael D'Allesio

Mikey Scars - Michael DiLeonardo

Millionaire Charlie - Charles Matranga

Milwaukee Phil - Felix Alderisio

Mimi - Dominic Sabella, Gaetano Martino, Michael Limandri

Momo - Sam Giancana

Monk - Edward Eastman, Jimmy Alegretti

Mooney - Sam Giancana, John Cutrone

Moose - Charles Panarella

Mops - Anthony Volpe

Mr. Gribs - Carmine Tramunti

Muscles - George Futterman


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Neal - Aniello Dellacroce

Needles - Leonard Gianola

News - William Richard Carver

Nicky Nails - Nick Dedaj

No Nose - John DiFronzo, Fred DeLucia

Nono - Onofrio Minaudo

Nucky - Enoch Johnson


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The Old Man - Joseph Profaci, Stefano Magaddino, Rocco Pellegrino

Old Smoke - John Morrissey

The Owl - Basil Banghart


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Papa John - Giovanni Priziola

Patsy Ryan - Pasquale Eboli

Patty Muscles - Patrick Romanello

Paul Kelly - Paolo Veccarelli

Peanuts - John Tronolone

Peasant - Giuseppe Traina

Peppy - Joseph Genaro

Peter Rabbit - Peter Calabrese

Petey Boxcars - Peter Cosoleto

Petey Cap - Pete Capolongo

Petey Pumps - Peter Ferrara

Phil Lucky - Philip Giaccone

Philip Katz - Philip Albanese

Philly - Felice Vizzari

Piddu - Giuseppe Morello

The Pimp - Ralph Liguori

Pittsburgh Phil - Harry Strauss

Pop Wilson - Andino Papadia

Popcorn - John Vaccaro

Pope - Alex D'Allesio

Pretty Boy - Charles Arthur Floyd

Prime Minister - Frank Costello

Punchy - Frank Illiano


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Rabbit - Edna Murray

Ralphie Head - Ralph Abruzzi

The Rat - Phillip Mangano

Red - John Hamilton

Referee - Henry Tameleo

Richie the Boot - Ruggiero Boiardo

The Rifleman - Stephen Flemmi

Rip - Louis Koury

Ripe Tony - Anthony Thomas Civella

Ruby - Charles Stein

Rusty - Philip Rastelli


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The Saint - Anthony St.Laurent

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 Meatballs - Salvatore Aparo

Samoots - Samuzzo Amatuna

Sasa - Rosario Parrino

Scarface - Alphonse Capone, Joseph DiGiovanni

Schatz (Shots) - Michael Abbatemarco, Francesco Abbatemarco

Schemer - Vincent Drucci

Scoop - Charles Scoperto

The Shadow - Ferdinand Boccia

The Sheik - Salvatore Mussachio

Shotgun George Zeigler - Fred Goetz

The Sidge - Charles LoCicero

Silver Dollar Sam - Sam Carolla

Skunge - Anthony Granza

Skeet - Tom Bradshaw

Skinny Dom - Dom Pizzonia

Skinny Joey - Joseph Merlino

Skinny Mike - Michael Pecoraro

Skinny Pete - Peter Crociata

Slash - Pete Giallella

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

The Spoon - Frank Cucchiara

Stevie Blue - Stephen Locurto

Sundance Kid - Harry Longabaugh

Swats Mulligan - Dominic Ciaffone

Sylvester - Arnold Squitieri


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Tano - Thomas Lococo

Tea Bags - Anthony LoPinto

Teddy the Bum - Theodore DeMartino

Teets - Sam Battaglia

Teflon Don - John Gotti

Terrible - Roger Touhy

Three-Finger Brown - Tommy Lucchese

Tico - Anthony Antico

Tick Tock - Allie Tannenbaum

Tokyo Joe - Ken Eto

Tough Tony - Anthony Anastasio

Tom Mix - Salvatore Santoro

Tommy Brown - Tommy Lucchese

Tommy Bull - Tommy Pennachio

Tommy Dio - Thomas Dioguardi

Tommy Ryan - Thomas Eboli

Tommy Sneakers - Thomas Cacciopoli

Tommy Twitch - Gaetano Cacciapoli

Tony Bender - Anthony Strollo

Tony Boy - Anthony Boiardo

Tony Ducks - Antonio Corallo

Tony Jack - Anthony Joseph Giacalone

Tony Pro - Anthony Provenzano

Tony Spring - Anthony Romeo

Tony Tea Bags - Anthony LoPinto

Tony the Bum - Anthony DeMartino

Tony the Chief - Cassandro Bonasera

Tony the Gawk - Tony Angello

Tony West - Anthony DeLutro

Toto - Salvatore D'Aquila

Trigger Mike - Mike Coppola

Tumac - Anthony Accetturo

Two Gun - Francis Crowley


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Uncle Joe - Joseph Ligambi, Joseph Peraino

Uno - Joseph Zerilli


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Vinny the Chin - Vincent Gigante

Vinny Gorgeous - Vincent Basciano

Vitone - Vito Genovese


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The Waiter - Paul Ricca/DeLucia

Waxey Gordon - Irving Wexler

The Whale - Willie Castellani

Whitey - James Bulger, Ralph Tropiano, Ciro Terranova

Wild Guy - William Grasso

Willie Moore - Guarino Moretti

Willie the Rat - William Cammisano

Wiseguy - Michael Rocco

The Wolf - Ignazio Lupo, Joseph DiCarlo


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Yankee Sullivan - James Ambrose

Yeast Baron - Giuseppe Siragusa

Yonnie - Thomas Licavoli


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Zeke - Arnold Squitieri

Zopo - Aniello Prisco

 

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