Show ContentsGrano History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Grano 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 Grano family

The surname Grano 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 Grano family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grano research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1403, 1491, 1500, 1531, 1545, 1548, 1578, 1586, 1630, 1656, 1660, 1671, 1718 and 1742 are included under the topic Early Grano History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Grano Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Grano family

Prominent among members of the family was

  • Antonino Grano (1660-1718) was an Italian painter and engraver, principally active in Sicily


United States Grano migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Grano Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • R DeLa Grano, aged 29, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1829 [1]
  • Jose Grano, aged 11, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1849 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Grano (post 1700) +

  • Anthony "Tony" Grano (b. 1980), American heavyweight boxer, US amateur heavyweight champion in 2005
  • Joseph Grano, American businessman and former Green Beret, current Chairman and CEO of Centurion Holdings LLC
  • Daniel Corrigan Grano, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 2nd District, 2012 [2]
  • Carlo Grano (1887-1976), Italian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, Apostolic Nuncio to Italy from 1958 to 1967
  • Paul Langton Grano (1894-1975), Australian poet and journalist


  1. 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)
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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