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From the historical and fascinating Italian region of Venice emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Grassi family. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most common type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Grassi came from a person who was corpulent or stout. The surname Grassi is derived from the word grasso, which means overweight.

Grassi Early Origins



The surname Grassi was first found in the city of Milan, in the region of Lombardy

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Grassi Spelling Variations


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Grassi Spelling Variations



Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Grassi include Grassi, Grasso, De Grassi, Degrassi, Lo Grasso, La Grassa, Grasselli, Grassellini, Grassaleoni, Grassilli, Grassigli, Grassetti, Grassini, Grassani and many more.

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Grassi Early History


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Grassi Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grassi research. Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Grassi History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Grassi Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Grassi Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was Giovannino De Grassi, an architect, sculptor, and miniaturist from Lombardy who helped to engineer the Milan Cathedral in the early 15th century. Nascimbene Grassaleoni of Ferrara became mayor of Sassuolo in 1418; Uguccione Grassaleoni was a lawyer and then Judge of...

Another 86 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Grassi Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Grassi arrived in North America very early:

Grassi Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Grassi, aged 35, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1810
  • Frank Grassi, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850-1865

Grassi Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Agenone Grassi, aged 0, who landed in America from Amelia, Italy, in 1907
  • Agostino Grassi, aged 31, who landed in America from Fomenta, Italy, in 1911
  • Adolfo Grassi, aged 24, who landed in America from Cotronei, Italy, in 1911
  • Adalgisa Grassi, aged 23, who settled in America from Castelluccio, Italy, in 1912
  • Agata Grassi, aged 22, who emigrated to America from Berceto, Italy, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Grassi (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Grassi (post 1700)



  • Alex De Grassi (b. 1952), American Grammy Award-nominated fingerstyle guitarist
  • Frances Grassi, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1960
  • Giovanni Battista Grassi (1854-1925), Italian zoologist awarded the Darwin Medal in 1896
  • Lucas Tucci di Grassi (b. 1984), Brazilian Formula One racing driver

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    5. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    7. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    11. ...

    The Grassi Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Grassi Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 12 December 2015 at 13:44.

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