Birth Name: Ariana Grande-Butera
Place of Birth: Boca Raton, Florida, United States
Date of Birth: June 26, 1993
Ethnicity: Italian (Sicilian and Abruzzese)
Ariana Grande is an American actress and singer. Her parents are both of Italian descent. She stated on her Twitter account that she is of half Sicilian and half Abruzzese Italian ancestry. Her half-brother, Frankie Grande, is an actor, dancer, and musician.
A picture of Ariana’s father can be seen here, and a picture of some of her father’s family can be seen here. A picture of Ariana’s mother can be seen here. A picture of Ariana’s paternal grandfather can be seen here, and a picture of Ariana with her maternal grandparents can be seen here.
On her father’s side, Ariana is the granddaughter of Anthony V. Butera (the son of Charles A. Butera and Marie) and Florence Citrano. Charles was born in New Jersey, to Italian parents. Marie was Italian. Florence was likely the daughter of Italian immigrants. The surnames “Butera” and “Citrano” are Sicilian.
On her mother’s side, Ariana is the granddaughter of Frank Anthony Grande (the son of Antonio “Anthony” Grande and Felmino “Philomena”) and Marjorie. Frank was born in New York, to Italian parents. Antonio was born, c. 1900, the son of Raffaela (b. 1876) and Sabato Grande (b. July 1877, in Lanciano, Province of Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy), and moved to the U.S. in May 1903.
Ariana also once twitted that she “just found out my grandparents are heavily greek and part north African”, and then specified “…the chart says Greece/Italy. I just thought it was funny. I’m assuming the North African bit is Moroccan or Tunisia?”
Ariana’s reference to “the chart” makes it likely that she took some sort of DNA test to map out her potential heritage. DNA tests for people of Sicilian descent sometimes indicate some kind of Greek or North African ancestry.
Sources: Ariana’s paternal grandfather, Anthony V. Butera, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
History of Arian’s maternal grandparents, Frank Anthony Grande and Marjorie – https://www.youtube.com