Show ContentsGrande History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Grande surname comes from the word "grande" which means "tall," or "large," and evolved from a nickname for someone of large stature, in either size or reputation.

Early Origins of the Grande family

The surname Grande was first found in Ferrara, a city and comune in Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy, capital city of the Province of Ferrara. History dates the city back to 753. It was at war with Venice in 1471. It is a walled city and notable is the Church of S.Cristoforo. Knitted goods and shawls are made. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time was in itself a family honor. The name was of ancient nobility.

Early History of the Grande family

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Grande Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Grandi, Grande and others.

Early Notables of the Grande family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Ercole Grandi (1491-1531), Italian painter of the early-Renaissance period; Alessandro Grandi (1586-1630), Italian, Baroque composer; Jure Grando (Giure Grando) (died 1656), may have been the first real person described as a vampire in historical records, referred to several similar names that all meant something resembling a vampire and a warlock; Antonino Grano...
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Grande Ranking

In the United States, the name Grande is the 5,619th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

United States Grande migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Grande Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Grande, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 [2]
  • Thomas Grande, who settled in Virginia in 1651
Grande Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Jacob Grande, who landed in America in 1743 [2]
Grande Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Perico Grande, who arrived in America in 1827 [2]
  • Juan DeLa Grande, aged 45, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829 [2]
  • Geo Grande, aged 25, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1837 [2]
  • Francisco Grande, who landed in Florida in 1838 [2]
  • Antoine Grande, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [2]
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Grande Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ulysses Grande, who landed in California in 1901 [2]

West Indies Grande migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [3]
Grande Settlers in West Indies in the 19th Century
  • Juan Grande, who landed in Dominican Republic in 1836 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Grande (post 1700) +

  • Ariana Grande (b. 1993), stage name of Ariana Grande-Butera, an American Grammy Award singer and actress; she has been awarded three American Music Awards, three MTV Europe Music Awards, an MTV Video Music Award
  • Sidney R. Grande (b. 1927), former American head football at Jamestown College (1957-1963)
  • Sean David Grande (b. 1971), American television and radio sportscaster-the voice of the Boston Celtics
  • Louis Del Grande (b. 1943), American-born, Canadian television writer and actor, best known for starring role in Seeing Things
  • John A. "Johnny" Grande (1930-2006), American musician from South Philadelphia, member of Bill Haley's backing band, The Comets
  • George Grande (b. 1947), American sportscaster, part-time broadcaster for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball
  • Frankie Grande (b. 1983), stage name of Frank James Michael Grande Marchione, an American dancer, actor, singer, producer, television host, older half-brother of singer and actress Ariana Grande
  • Rita Grande (b. 1975), Italian tennis player who hold 8 WTA Tour titles
  • Guadalupe Grande (1965-2021), Spanish poet who had a degree in social anthropology from the Complutense University of Madrid
  • José Antonio 'Toni' Grande Cereijo (b. 1947), Spanish retired footballer
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SS Alcoa Puritan
  • J.E. Grande, American Able Seaman from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who was working aboard the SS Alcoa Puritan (1942) traveling from Port of Spain, Trinidad to Mobile, Alabama when it was torpedoed by U-boat U-507; he survived the sinking [4]

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  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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