Grieco History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany, including the notable surname Grieco. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany, who were originally known only by a single name, found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. This process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries, but it was not completed until the modern era. The development of Italian hereditary surnames followed general principles and were characterized by derivatives from one's given name. The patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, was one of the most common name types found in the region of Tuscany. This system of name-making was widely used because it linked well with the existing Feudal System and during the Christian era, many people named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Grieco came from the Italian personal name Greca, which is derived from the Latin word graecus, which means greek. Alternatively, the surname is of a nickname origin that was given to one who came from Greece. At present, the name can be found all over the Italian peninsula, but it is most prevalent in the region of Campania.
Early Origins of the Grieco family
The surname Grieco was first found in Florence (Italian: Firenze), where the main branch of the family originates. Records are found in 1258 with Alberto dei Greci, who left the Ghibeline faction in Florence and moved to Bologna, where he became mayor.
Early History of the Grieco family
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Grieco Spelling Variations
In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations in the name Grieco include Greco, Grechi, Greci, Greca, Grieco, Grego, Greghi, Del Greco, De Graecis, Lo Greco, Li Greci, La Greca and many more.
Early Notables of the Grieco family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Andrea Greco, Captain of Metropolitan Milan in 1501; Gioachino Greco (c.1600-c.1634), an Italian chess player and writer, probably the first professional chess player; Giambattista de Graecis was a lawyer in Lodi in 1614; another Giambattista de Graecis was a judge in Venice during the final years of the Venetian Republic; Gennaro Greco...
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In the United States, the name Grieco is the 8,137th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Grieco migration to the United States +
Early records show that people bearing the name Grieco arrived in North America quite early:
Grieco Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Angelamaria Grieco, aged 1, who settled in America from Naples, in 1897
- Agater Grieco, aged 29, who settled in America from Ruvo Monte, in 1898
- Achille Grieco, aged 34, who immigrated to the United States from Decronio, Italy, in 1899
Grieco Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Almerindo Grieco, aged 3, who immigrated to the United States from Castelcioreta, in 1906
- Angela Grieco, aged 25, who landed in America from Forenja, Italy, in 1910
- Andrea Grieco, aged 34, who settled in America from Pioticci, Italy, in 1912
- Angela Grieco, aged 5, who immigrated to the United States from Pomarico, Italy, in 1913
- Angelie Grieco, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States from Pianosisorento, Italy, in 1913
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Contemporary Notables of the name Grieco (post 1700) +
- Richard Grieco (b. 1965), American actor and former male fashion model
- Salvatore J. Grieco, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1964-72 
- Louis G. Grieco, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 43rd District, 1962; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1964; Candidate for New York State Assembly 111th District, 1966 
- Cosmo A. Grieco, American politician, Member of New York American Labor Party Executive Committee, 1945 
- Ruggero Grieco (1893-1955), Italian politician
- Gaetano Grieco (b. 1982), Italian footballer
- Sergio Grieco (1917-1982), Italian film director and screenwriter
- Vito Grieco (b. 1971), Italian footballer
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