Griego History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
- Origins Available:
A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany, including the notable surname Griego. 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 Griego 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 Griego family
The surname Griego 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 Griego family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Griego research. More information is included under the topic Early Griego History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Griego Spelling Variations
Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations were the unsurprising result. The variations of Griego 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 Griego 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...
Another 58 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Griego Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Griego migration to the United States +
Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Griego:
Griego Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Jose A. Griego, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1893
- Alfonso Griego, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States, in 1897
- Francesco Griego, who landed in America, in 1897
- Angelantonio Griego, aged 26, who settled in America from Craco, in 1899
Griego Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Giuseppe Griego, aged 11, who immigrated to the United States from Buccino, Italy, in 1904
- Sabato Griego, aged 8, who landed in America from Buccino, Italy, in 1904
- Frans Griego, aged 28, who immigrated to America, in 1905
- Concetta Griego, aged 37, who immigrated to the United States from Pomigliano d'Arco, in 1906
- Martino Griego, aged 34, who settled in America from Monteforte, Avellivo, in 1909
- ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Contemporary Notables of the name Griego (post 1700) +
- Manny Griego (b. 1962), American professional football player
- Eric Griego, American member of the New Mexico Senate
- Phil A. Griego, American Democratic member of the New Mexico Senate
- Moises Griego, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 1980 
- Linda Griego, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988 
- Eric Griego, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 2004 
- Jorge Griego (1504-1545), Greek conquistador who participated in the conquest of Peru
Historic Events for the Griego family +
- R Griego, American passenger from Washington, DC, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash 
Related Stories +
Suggested Readings for the name Griego +
- 4917 Good-Bye My Land of Enchantment: A True Story of Some of the First Spanish-Speaking Natives and Early Settlers of San Miguel County, Territory of New Mexico by Alfonso Griego.