Grasso Name Study

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About the Project

The Grasso Name Study project serves as a collaborative platform to collect information on the Grasso name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join the study to help make it a valuable reference point for other genealogists who are researching or have an interest in the Grasso name.

As a One Name Study, this project is not limited to persons who are related biologically. Individual team studies can be used to branch out the research into specific methods and areas of interest, such as geographically (England Grassos), by time period (18th Century Grassos), or by topic (Grasso DNA, Grasso Occupations, Grasso Statistics). These studies may also include a number of family branches which have no immediate link with each other. Some researchers may even be motivated to go beyond the profile identification and research stage to compile fully sourced, single-family histories of some of the families they discover through this name study project.

The Grasso Name Study is Under Construction!! Please be patient as I work to create a useful resource for collaboration.

How to Join

To join the Grasso Name Study, first start out by browsing our current teams to see if there is a specific study ongoing that fits your interests. If so, feel free to add your name to the Membership list below, post an introduction comment on the specific team page, and then dive right in!

If a team does not yet exist for your particular area of interest, please contact the Name Study Coordinator: Jo Grasso for assistance.

... ... ... is a member of the Grasso Name Study Project.

Once you are ready to go, you can also show your project affiliation with the ONS Member Sticker:


How You Can Help


  • Trace the origin of the Grasso name, emigrants to Americas and early settlers of America.
  • Work cooperatively with other Grasso profile managers to create the best Grasso tree possible.
  • Check for duplicates and request merges.
  • Help find original rather that derivative documentation and add sources to Faw profiles
  • Find A Grave is a free website and great starting place for finding the cemetery and burial plot locations of our ancestors.
  • Assist with writing well-sourced biographies for Grasso profiles
  • Assist in expanding the descendants and ancestors of Francisco Grasso and Maria Rosa Mazonni Grasso.
  • Create a place to have one place where people can easily view Grasso's who belong to the same Grasso line. As Grasso's immigrated to America they arrived and lived in the same region.
  • If you have a connection to the Grasso or Mazonni family, please consider taking an Autosomal DNA test to assist with our DNA Studies
  • If you are a male with the Grasso surname or a variant and haven't already, please consider testing your Y-DNA to further assist us.
  • Review the limited Grasso Profiles available (Many stlil under construction) and ask to be added to the trusted list so that you can add valuable information.
  • Match any of the valid records to existing Grasso profiles or create a new Grasso profile.

Grasso Surname Origins

What's in A Name?

-“Tis but thy name that is mine enemy: - What’s Montague? It is not hand nor foot, - Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part. - What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, - By any other name would smell as sweet.” The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet Act I, scene ii, ll. -895-897 (1594) 'Italic text

Romeo and Juliet meet at the Capulet Ball and immediately fall in love, But they are doomed from the start as members of two warring families. Juliet tells Romeo that a name is an artificial and meaningless convention, and that she loves the person who is called "Montague", not the Montague name and not the Montague family. Romeo, out of his passion for Juliet, rejects his family name and vows, as Juliet asks, to "deny (his) father" and instead be "new baptized" as Juliet's lover.

Origins of the Grasso Surname

Although, people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary, as governments expanded and as governments developed governments sought a ways to differentiate between two people who shared the same first name." As governments added Pol taxes to collect renvenue, as populations exploded, as travel became easier and more affordable, single names were no longer useful and Family names became essential. Family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries.

"Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principle,s and they are coined from given names." Common adjectives used as names often referred to size - such as Little, Short, or Long—or to hair color or complexion—such as White, Black, or Red (which evolved into Reed). Sometimes, an adjective was combined with a noun to form a, like Longfellow or Blackbeard. Names such as Stern and Stout (meaning stout-hearted, not fat) described temperament, while Drinkwater implied someone with a powerful thirst.

Grasso Family Crest

Grasso is a Nickname surname. 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 Grasso came from a person who was corpulent or stout. The surname Grassi is derived from the word grasso, which means overweight."

What's Really in a Name-Anima!, Anima!

Anima-soul, core, spirit, heart, ghosts in Italian or amare qlcu con tutta l’anima to love with all one’s heart

Related Surnames and Surname Variants

The recorded spellings of Grasso include Grassi, Grasso, De Grassi, Degrassi, Lo Grasso, La Grassa, Grasselli, Grassellini, Grassaleoni, Grassilli, Grassigli, Grassetti, Grassini, Grassani.

  • The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Open SourceShakeespeare. Act II, Scene 2. Capulet’s orchard.

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