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From the historical and fascinating Italian region of Venice emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Grasso 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 Grasso came from a person who was corpulent or stout. The surname Grassi is derived from the word grasso, which means overweight.

Grasso Early Origins



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

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Grasso Spelling Variations


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Grasso Spelling Variations



Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristi c. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Grasso 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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Grasso Early History


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Grasso Early History



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

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Grasso Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Grasso 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 Grasso 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



Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Grasso were among those contributors:

Grasso Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • John Grasso, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906
  • Agnello Grasso, aged 31, who landed in America from Arrano, Italy, in 1907
  • Alfio Grasso, aged 57, who emigrated to the United States from Carlentini, Sicily, in 1907
  • Alfio Grasso, aged 28, who landed in America from Viagrande, Sicily, in 1907
  • Alfio Grasso, aged 26, who emigrated to America from Liutun, Italy, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Grasso (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Grasso (post 1700)



  • Richard Grasso (b. 1946), chairman and chief executive of the New York Stock Exchange (1995 to 2003)
  • Francis Grasso (1948-2001), American disc jockey
  • Domenico Grasso (b. 1955), American engineer and educator
  • Ella born Giovanna Olivia Tambussi Grasso (1919-1981), American politician and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Salvatore Grasso, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1980
  • Michael Grasso, American Republican politician, Candidate for Maryland State House of Delegates District 13-A, 1998
  • Michael Grasso Jr., American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 1st District, 1960
  • Ella Tambussi Grasso (1919-1981), American Democrat politician, Secretary of State of Connecticut, 1959-71; U.S. Representative from Connecticut 6th District, 1971-75; Governor of Connecticut, 1975-80
  • Alexander Grasso, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Schenectady County 2nd District, 1928; Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 31st District, 1944
  • Stephen Grasso (b. 1979), British writer and occultist

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    2. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    3. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    4. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    5. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    6. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    8. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    9. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    10. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    11. ...

    The Grasso Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Grasso 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.

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