American Mafia History Website

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)

Allie Boy - Alex Rudaj

The Animal - Joseph Barboza

The Ant - Tony Spilotro

Anthony Black - Anthony Furino

Artichoke King - Ciro Terranova

Augie - Agostino Camacho

Augie Pisano - Anthony Carfano


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Babe - N. Louis Triscaro

Baldo - Baldassare Amato

The Barber - Ralph Daniello

Bats - Charley Battaglia

Benny Eggs - Benny Mangano

Benny Squint - Phillip Lombardo

Benny the Bug - Benjamin Ross

Bibba - Albert Barone

Big Al - Alfred Polizzi

Big Ange - Angelo Lonardo

Big Jim - James Colosimo

Big Joe - Joe Lonardo

Big Joey - Joseph Massino

Big Paulie - Paul Castellano

Big Trin - Dominick Trinchera

Big Tuna - Tony Accardo

Big Vinny - Vincent Terracciano

Billy Jack - Vito Giacalone

Black Leo - Leonardo Cellura

Black Sam - Sam Todaro

Blackie - James T. Licavoli

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

The Bug - Charles Workman

Bugs - George Moran

Bugsy - Benjamin Siegel

The Builder - Joe Andriacchi

Butsey - Frank Morelli


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Chappy - Lorenzo Brescia

Charles Harmon - Arthur Flegenheimer

Charles Ross - Charlie Luciano (Salvatore Lucania)

Charlie Lucky - Charlie Luciano (Salvatore Lucania)

Chee Chee - Frank DeMayo

Cheech - Frank Scalise

Cheesebox - Mickey Callahan

The Cheeseman - Carmen DiNunzio

The Cheeseman - Frank Cucchiara

Chester - Cesare Lamare

Chicken Man - Philip Testa

Chin - Vincent Gigante

Cigar - Carmine Galante

The Clown - Joey Lombardo

Clutch Hand - Giuseppe Morello

Clutching Hand - Giuseppe Piraino

Cork - Carl Civella

Cowboy - George Martorano

Crazy Joe - Joey Gallo


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Dandy Phil - Phil Kastell

Dapper Don - John Gotti

Dasher - Frank Abbandando

Diamond Jim - Jim Colosimo

Dutch (Dutchman) Schultz - Arthur Flegenheimer


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Eddie Buff - Edward Lanzieri


F

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Fat Dominic - Dominic Peter Corrado

Fat Tony - Anthony Salerno

Fats - Nunzio Romano

The Fox - Johnny Torrio

Funzi - Frank Tieri


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The Gap - Dominick Petrilli

Gaspipe - Anthony Casso

The Ghost - Joe Pangallo

Good-looking Sal - Salvatore Vitale

Greasy Thumb - Jake Guzik

The Grim Reaper - Gregory Scarpa

Guns - George DeRenna

Gyp - Angelo DeCarlo

Gyp the Blood - Harry Horowitz

Gyp the Blood - Joseph Imondi


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Harp - Anthony DePalma

Harpo - Frank Trapani

Hoptoad - Giuseppe Guinta

The Hunchback - Harry Riccobene

Hymie - Earl Weiss


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Iceman - Richard Kuklinski

Il Bove - Tomasso Petto


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Jack White - Vincenzo Licavoli

Jimmy the Weasel - Aladena Fratianno

Jimmy Blue Eyes - Vincent Alo

Jimmy Doyle - James Plumeri

Jimmy Marino - Vincenzo LePore

Jimmy Q - Raffael Quasarano

Jimmy Regace - Dominic Brucceleri

Jimmy the General - Generoso Barbieri

Jo Jo - Joseph Pecora

Joe Adonis - Giuseppe Doto

Joe Baker - Joe Catania

Joe Bananas - Joseph Bonanno

Joe Batters - Tony Accardo

Joe Cargo - Joseph Valachi

Joe Church - Joseph DiGiovanni

Joe Desi - Joseph DeSimone

Joe Diamond - Natale Evola

Joe Palisades - Joseph Rosato

Joe Shakes - Joseph DiStefano

Joe Stretch - Joseph Stracci

Joe the Barber - Joseph Barbara

Joe the Boss - Giuseppe Masseria

Joe the Builder - Joseph Andriacci

Joe the Grocer - Joe Catania

Joe Uno - Joseph Zerilli

Joey Doves - Joseph Aiuppa

Johnny Dio - John Dioguardi

Johnny Hooks - John Capra

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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Lefty - Benjamin Ruggiero

Legs - Jack Diamond

Lepke - Louis Buchalter

Li'l Augie - Anthony Carfano

Lilo - Carmine Galante

Lips - Leo Moceri

Little Jeff - John Lepore

Little Larry - Lawrence Dentico

Little Nicky - Nicodemo Scarfo

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 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 Dog - Charley Gargotta, Vincent Coll

Mad Hatter - Albert Anastasia

Mad Sam - Samuel DeStefano

Matty the Horse - Matthew Ianniello

Mickey Bats - Michael Cardello

Mickey the Wiseguy - Michael Rocco

Mike Polio - Michael Poli

Mikey Boots - Michele Sottile

Mikey Scars - Michael DiLeonardo

Millionaire Charlie - Charles Matranga

Milwaukee Phil - Felix Alderisio

Momo - Sam Giancana

Mooney - Sam Giancana

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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Papa John - Giovanni Priziola

Patty Muscles - Patrick Romanello

Paul Kelly - Paolo Veccarelli

Peanuts - John Tronolone

Peter Rabbit - Peter Calabrese

Petey Boxcars - Peter Cosoleto

Petey Cap - Pete Capolongo

Phil Lucky - Philip Giaccone

Piddu - Giuseppe Morello

Popcorn - John Vaccaro

Prime Minister - Frank Costello


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Richie the Boot - Ruggiero Boiardo

The Rifleman - Stephen Flemmi

Rip - Louis Koury

Ripe Tony - Anthony Thomas Civella

Rooster - Eugene Onofrio

Rusty - Philip Rastelli


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Sally Bugs - Salvatore Briguglio

Sally Burns - Salvatore Granello

Sam Balto - Santo Trafficante

Sam the Plumber - Simone DeCavalcante

Sammy Bull - Salvatore Gravano

Sasa - Rosario Parrino

Scarface - Alphonse Capone, Joseph DiGiovanni

Schemer - Vincent Drucci

Silver Dollar Sam - Sam Carolla

Skinny Dom - Dom Pizzonia

Skinny Joey - Joseph Merlino

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

Stymie - Mark Maiuzzo

Sylvester - Arnold Squitieri


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Tano - Thomas Lococo

Teets - Sam Battaglia

Teflon Don - John Gotti

The Breeze - Frank Calabrese

The Shadow - Ferdinand Boccia

Three-Finger Brown - Tommy Lucchese

Tico - Anthony Antico

Tokyo Joe - Ken Eto

Tough Tony - Anthony Anastasio

Tommy Brown - Tommy Lucchese

Tommy Bull - Tommy Penocchio

Tommy Ryan - Thomas Eboli

Tommy Sneakers - Thomas Cacciopoli

Tony Bender - Anthony Strollo

Tony Boy - Anthony Boiardo

Tony Ducks - Antonio Corallo

Tony Jack - Anthony Joseph Giacalone

Tony Pro - Anthony Provenzano

Tony Tea Bags - Anthony LoPinto

Tony the Cripple - Anthony Cassetta

Tony the Wig - Anthony Vazzano

Toto - Salvatore D'Aquila

Trigger Mike - Mike Coppola

Tugboat - John Tognino


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Uno - Joseph Zerilli


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Vinny the Chin - Vincent Gigante

Vinny Gorgeous - Vincent Basciano


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The Waiter - Paul Ricca/DeLucia

Waxey Gordon - Irving Wexler

Whitey - James Bulger, Ciro Terranova

The Wolf - Ignazio Lupo


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Yeast Baron - Giuseppe Siragusa


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Zeke - Arnold Squitieri

Zopo - Aniello Prisco