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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.

Grosso Early Origins



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

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Grosso Spelling Variations


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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.

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Grosso Early History


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Grosso Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grosso research. More information is included under the topic Early Grosso History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Grosso Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Grosso Early Notables (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...

Another 64 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Grosso 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



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 emigrated to America from Alessandria, Italy, in 1913
  • Alessandro Grosso, aged 39, who emigrated 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Grosso (post 1700)


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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
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    6. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    10. 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).
    11. ...

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