Ariana Grande

by ethnic on May 6, 2011

Ariana Grande

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Birth Name: Ariana Grande-Butera

Place of Birth: Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 26, 1993

Ethnicity: Italian [Sicilian and Abruzzese]

Ariana Grande is an American singer and actress.

She is the daughter of Joan Grande and Edward Butera. Her parents are of Italian descent. She stated on her Twitter account that she is of half Sicilian and half Abruzzese Italian ancestry. Her maternal 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.

Ariana’s paternal grandfather is Anthony Vincent Charles Butera (the son of Charles A. Butera and Marie). Ariana’s great-grandfather Charles was born in New Jersey, to Italian parents, Antonino Butera and Magherita Azzara, from Menfi, Provincia di Agrigento, Sicily. Marie was Italian. The surnames Butera and Citrano are Sicilian.

Ariana’s paternal grandmother is named Florence P. Citrano. Florence was born in New Jersey.

Ariana’s maternal grandfather is Frank Anthony Grande (the son of Antonio “Anthony” Grande and Felmino “Philomena”). 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’s maternal grandmother is named Marjorie.

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.

Ariana Grande 41st Annual American Music Awards - Arrivals

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Sources: Genealogy of Ariana Grande –

Ariana’s paternal grandfather, Anthony Vincent Charles Butera, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

History of Ariana’s maternal grandparents, Frank Anthony Grande and Marjorie –

Ariana’s half-brother, Frankie Grande – Photo by

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Pegzi May 27, 2017 at 4:13 pm

Manchester was so sad :(

andrew May 7, 2017 at 5:12 am
luckystar August 31, 2016 at 6:43 am

Paternal grandparents + butera’s family

luckystar August 19, 2016 at 12:25 am

Of course she looks like she is mixed like some mexicans and of course some mixed people can look whiter than her
But why? Well, its because she use spray tan machine and a lot of makeup to make her look less white
Its called cultural appropriation, she sings R&B. While, many mixed people like the mestiza mexican Selena gomez, try to do her best to look whiter than they actually are. Mixed races to be accepted has to look “white”. White people can stole cultures.
She looks average southern italian in her real phenotype

memphis June 5, 2017 at 7:46 am

Ariana looks very Italian. Italians depending on where they are from the equator can get very very dark…some could pass for “African American’ or Puerto Rican. Greek ancestry has influence from North African or Horn African. Looking at her mom, I would say she would have 6-9% African ancestry…her father is pretty dark Mediterranean also.

andrew June 5, 2017 at 1:18 pm

Not at all. No Italian girl from Italy would go around with that ridiculous fake tan, hair extension and make up. Are you sure to have checked her parents’ pics? You mean that Liza Minnelli looking woman? Her father is not particularly “dark” or “Mediterranean”, he looks generic European. Also Greeks and North/Horn Africans are completely different people.

andrew August 17, 2016 at 4:31 pm

history of Ariana’s maternal grandparents:

luckystar August 19, 2016 at 12:11 am

What is marjore’s surname before marriage?

luckystar August 19, 2016 at 12:11 am


luckystar July 13, 2016 at 12:27 am

The ancestry dna says italy and greece

But 23andme doesnt have this line, so she prob took this one

luckystar July 9, 2016 at 12:12 pm
luckystar July 4, 2016 at 5:05 pm

you should add
” Her grandfather, Frank Antony Grande, married his wife Marjorie when they lived in New York in what was then an inclusive Italian neighborhood.”

Blackbuddafly June 27, 2016 at 12:13 am

Looks mexican

ArnyDiaz July 11, 2016 at 10:53 am

Mexican is not even ethnic

bearboy May 25, 2016 at 1:59 am

Ariana Grande was not tested by 23andme… or at least not by the test she is describing. I have taken the test by that company and there is no Italy/Greece for that company only Italy under southern European. From my experience from taking DNA tests the only company that has and Italy/Greece category is ancestry DNA. BTW she is silly to say her grandparent were heavily Greek when the category Italy/Greece means it could be one or the other not necessarily she is (or her grandparents) are of both cultures.

luckystar June 3, 2016 at 9:53 am

OF course she was tested by some dna ancestry
she says ” chart” at 2014

and then at 2015 she says ” kiss me im siciliana/abruzzese

sicilians are mixed with balkans and north africans

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