Where Is Ariana Grande From and What’s Her Real Name?

Ariana Grande has risen to the top of the charts and achieved worldwide fame due to her unique combination of talent, determination, fierce dedication to her sense of self, and her strong relationship with her fans. Even with the incredible celebrity status that she’s gained, she is from very humble beginnings. Keep reading to learn more about Grande, from her birthplace to her real name.

Where was Ariana Grande born?

Ariana Grande
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Grande often credits her close family with helping her achieve her goals, and it seems as though they have truly supported her since the beginning. Grande was born on June 26th, 1993, in Boca Raton, Florida. Her birth name was Ariana Grande-Butera — she dropped the latter portion of her name when she started performing.

Grande has discussed her name on Twitter with her fans and has admitted that she actually doesn’t have a middle name, although she’s never really clarified if she legally dropped Butera from her name, or just prefers to go by Grande. There is some speculation that her estrangement with her father led to the decision to drop the second part of her last name, but Grande has not spoken out on that rumor.

Grande displayed a very early talent for the performing arts and started acting and singing in stage musicals when she was very young. As she mastered the basics of connecting with an audience and working on her voice, Grande’s mother, grandmother, and brother Frankie supported her every step of the way. She’s especially close to Frankie, who is an entertainer in his own right and frequently attends Grande’s performances, cheering his sister on from the sidelines. 

Ariana Grande’s early career

As a young teenager, Grande scored a role in a popular Broadway musical, 13. She played a cheerleader, and her bright personality and obvious talent won over audiences and critics alike — Grande even won a National Youth Theater Association Award for her work in 13. It was the musical that led to Grande’s big break, as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon series Victorious. Grande would appear on the show for several years, all while working on her musical career. She even scored the lead role in a spinoff series, Sam and Cat, which premiered in 2014. 

After singing on the official soundtrack for Victorious, Grande’s voice started really getting noticed. Her studio albums, the first one released in 2015, were huge hits and started winning Grande even more fans. Now, of course, she’s one of the biggest pop stars in the world, with a huge summer tour in the works and no limits to what she can accomplish.

She’s also accrued one of the biggest fan bases in the world, with her legion of “Arianators” following her every move on social media. There is even a website run by and for Arianators, with details about Grande’s life, tour dates, interviews with the singer, a full biography, and any upcoming events where Grande is scheduled to perform. Grande is very open with her fans and makes it a point to share many details about her life with them. 

What’s next for Ariana Grande?

Although her personal life might be going through some upheaval, following a recent whirlwind romance and subsequent split from SNL star Pete Davidson, Grande is more focused than ever on continuing to grow her career. She keeps breaking records, topping charts, and defying expectations at every turn. It is likely that when Ariana Grande-Butera was born, in a modest Florida home, she never would have guessed the kind of incredible success that would have awaited her in the future.