Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande

Grande in 2011, s_bukley /

Birth Name: Ariana Grande-Butera

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

Date of Birth: June 26, 1993

Ethnicity: Italian [including Sicilian]

Ariana Grande is an American singer and actress. She has starred on the shows Victorious, Sam & Cat, and Scream Queens, and appeared in the film Don’t Look Up. Her most popular songs include “The Way,” “Problem,” “Break Free,” “Bang Bang,” “Love Me Harder,” “Focus,” “Dangerous Woman,” “Side to Side,” “No Tears Left to Cry,” “God Is a Woman,” “Thank U, Next,” “7 Rings,” “Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored,” “Boyfriend,” “Stuck with U,” “Rain on Me,” “Positions,” “Save Your Tears,” and “Die for You.”

Her mother, Joan Grande, has been CEO of the family firm, a manufacturer of communications and safety equipment. Her father, Edward Butera, owns a graphic design firm. 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 was Anthony Vincent Charles Butera (the son of Carlos/Charles Antonio Butera and Marie/Mary Passalaqua/Passalacqua). Anthony was born in New Jersey. Ariana’s great-grandfather Charles was born in New Jersey, to Italian parents, Antonino Butera and Magherita Azzara/Azzala, from Menfi, Provincia di Agrigento, Sicily. Marie was Italian. The surname Butera is Sicilian.

Ariana’s paternal grandmother was Florence P. Citrano (the daughter of Enrico “Henry” Cetrano and Lucia “Lucy” Ciarfella). Florence was born in Newark, New Jersey, to Italian emigrants, from Civitaquana, Abruzzo. Enrico was the son of Carmine Cetrano and Giulia/Julia Trabucco. Lucia was the daughter of Ascenzio Ciarfella and Margherita Taddeo.

Ariana’s maternal grandfather was Frank Anthony Grande (the son of Antonio “Anthony” Grande and Filomena/Felmino “Philomena”/”Phyllis” Lavenditti). Frank was born in New York, to Italian parents. Antonio was born, c. 1900, the son of Raffaela/Raffaele V. Grande (b. 1876) and Sabato/Rose Cardalisca (b. July 1877, in Lanciano, Province of Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy), and moved to the U.S. in May 1903. Ariana’s great-grandmother Filomena was the daughter of Francesco Lavenditti/La Venditti and Benedetta Perrotti. Ariana’s grandfather also had roots in Bojano and Gildone, in Campobasso.

Ariana’s maternal grandmother is Marjorie M. Damico (the daughter of John Viovanni Damico/D’Amico and Felomina F. “Minnie” Gigante). Marjorie was born in New York, to Italian parents, with roots in San Fele, Potenza, Basilicata.

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 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

Grande in 2013, photo by

Sources: Genealogies of Ariana Grande –

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

Obituary of Ariana’s paternal grandmother, Florence P. (Citrano) Butera –

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

Ariana’s half-brother, Frankie Grande, 2008, photo by


Curious about ethnicity

871 Responses

  1. Yeravam says:

    Sicilians have Middle Eastern and North African admixture in them, so she probably is part Middle Eastern.

  2. andrew says:

    Interestingly I just saw an update in her family tree, with surnames like Passalacqua (literally “pass the water”), D’Amico, La Venditti (after the more common Venditti). These are the correct ones.

  3. Obey says:

    She is white looking at the features of the face and not the color of the skin. There are a lot of people considered white but they have typical Shrek features. In England or even in Ireland there are people like her who tan in the summer because they find the extremely pale color very ugly. Ariana is beautiful, doubtful that she will grow old soon, for she has a youthful appearance. Ariana will never go through a black woman even in the summer of Africa, because she has excellent DNA typical of the white family.

  4. ses101 says:

    I expected to see that she was mainly hispanic, or even partly Middle Eastern or Indian/Pakistani. I certainly didn’t expect Italian, her features are definitely more non-European.

    • RadDaddy says:

      I have read some of your posts and you’re a shame to humankind.
      You have more stereotypes in your comments than the most hardcore 20 IQ Nazis from the 1940s.

      • RadDaddy says:

        That excuses your blatant antisemitism, and stereotyping Europeans on here that aren’t blond and statuesque as “Jewish looking” and “exotic”? ?

        Would you rather me call you a self loathing Jew?

        You’re highly offensive Neil and have spammed posts here with the most embarrassing and toxic comments, and you are a determent to this site.
        This site has real potential and YOU crap all over the comments sections.

        • Yeravam says:

          “That excuses your blatant antisemitism, and stereotyping Europeans on here that aren’t blond and statuesque as “Jewish looking” and “exotic”? ?”

          YOU shouldn’t be accusing ANYONE of antisemitism, given the things I’ve seen you post.

    • calendulafleur11 says:

      She doesn’t look any of those things. She looks Italian European white. Get over it.

    • taulantcomani says:

      She looks Italian.

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