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The distinguished surname Grimaldi can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Piedmont. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt 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 were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Piedmont is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Grimaldi came from the personal name Grimaldi, which is of Germanic origin and is derived from the Old Germanic words grima, which means mask or helmet, and walda, which means bold. The family descends from Grimaldo, a Genoese statesman born in the early 1100s

Grimaldi Early Origins



The surname Grimaldi was first found in Genoa (Italian: Genova), a prosperous city in Piedmont which at one time was a rival with Venice in terms of commerce and trade. Records are found in 1169 with Grimaldo Grimaldi, Ambassador to Morocco. The Grimaldi family in Genoa at this time was extremely powerful, and was one of the four families of highest nobility. Francesco Grimaldi was a Genoese leader of the Guelphs who captured the Rock of Monaco on the night of January 8, 1297. Guised as a Franciscan monk, Francesco was greeted warmly at the gates of Monaco's castle, then seized the castle with his cousin Lord of Cagnes, and a group of men. A statue of Grimaldi as a monk with a sword under his frock stands at his memorial in Monaco today.

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Grimaldi Spelling Variations


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Grimaldi 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 Grimaldi include Grimaldi, Grimaldo, Grimaudo, Grimod, Grimoldi, Grimaudi and many more.

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Grimaldi Early History


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Grimaldi Early History



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Grimaldi Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Grimaldi Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Antonio Grimani, the Doge of Venice in 1436. He was also a Statesman, and came from a very powerful Venetian family whose highest point of influence was during the 15th and 16th centuries. His son Domenico Grimani, a humanist and diplomat, became a Cardinal...

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first North American settlers with Grimaldi name or one of its variants:

Grimaldi Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alfonso Grimaldi, aged 38, who settled in America, in 1892

Grimaldi Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Amina Grimaldi, aged 10, who emigrated to the United States from Montecorinao, Italy, in 1908
  • Adamo Grimaldi, aged 19, who emigrated to America from Giffoni, Italy, in 1909
  • Alessandro Grimaldi, aged 5, who emigrated to the United States, in 1913
  • Alfonso Grimaldi, aged 22, who landed in America from Brasiliaro, Italy, in 1913
  • Angela Grimaldi, aged 55, who landed in America from S. Minta, Sicily, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Grimaldi Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Grimaldi landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840

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Contemporary Notables of the name Grimaldi (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Grimaldi (post 1700)



  • Carol Grimaldi (1938-2014), American restaurateur and co-founder of Grimaldi's Pizzeria in 1990
  • Ralph Grimaldi (b. 1943), American mathematician
  • David Grimaldi (b. 1957), American curator of entomology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York
  • Daniel "Dan" Grimaldi, American actor
  • Michael Grimaldi, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 23rd District, 1940
  • Gabriel L. Grimaldi, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 7th District, 1956
  • Alberto Grimaldi (b. 1925), Italian film producer
  • Joseph Grimaldi (1778-1837), English clown, best known as the first whiteface clown
  • Pablo Jerónimo Grimaldi (1720-1789), Italian-Spanish politician

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    4. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    5. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    6. 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).
    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. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    9. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    10. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
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    The Grimaldi Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Grimaldi 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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