Grosso History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Piedmont emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Grosso family. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. 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. Although the most common type of family name found in Piedmont 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 Grosso is a name for a person who was corpulent or stout. The surname Grossi is derived from the word grasso, which means overweight.

Early Origins of the Grosso family

The surname Grosso was first found in the year 1200, with the Grosso family, of which many members were involved in the government.

Important Dates for the Grosso family

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Grosso 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 Grosso include Grossi, Grosso, Ingrosso and Del Grosso and others.

Early Notables of the Grosso family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Bartolomeo de Grossi, a 15th century painter from Parma. Among his works are frescoes in the Cathedral of Parma, and works in the Milan Cathedral. Pietro Grossi was a vicar and was mayor of Russi in 1512; Francesco di Pietro Grossi was a Senator in Ravenna in 1512. Carlo Grossi (c.1634-1688)...
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Grosso migration to the United States

Grossos were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Grosso Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alfonsino Grosso, aged 18, who landed in America from Tufo, in 1906
  • Amalia Grosso, aged 39, who immigrated to America from Alessandria, Italy, in 1913
  • Alessandro Grosso, aged 39, who immigrated to the United States from Alessandria, Italy, in 1913
  • Amalia Grosso, aged 20, who landed in America from Padula, Italy, in 1915
  • Adolfo Grosso, aged 29, who settled in America from Altavilla, Italy, in 1920
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Contemporary Notables of the name Grosso (post 1700)

  • Charlie Grosso (b. 1979), Chinese American artist and photographer
  • Tony Grosso (1913-1994), American bookmaker
  • Salvatore "Sonny" Grosso, American movie and television producer and former New York City Police Department detective
  • Alessandro Del Grosso (b. 1972), Italian footballer
  • Francesco Grosso (b. 1921), retired Italian professional football player
  • Pietro Grosso (1923-1957), Italian professional football player
  • Fabio Grosso (b. 1977), Italian World Cup winning footballer
  • Damián Grosso (b. 1975), Argentine football goalkeeper
  • Nick Grosso (b. 1968), British playwright
  • Don Grosso (1915-1985), Canadian ice hockey forward
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