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Where did the French Gorron family come from? What is the French Gorron family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gorron family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gorron family history?

The name Gorron was spawned from the landscape of northern France known as Normandy during the Middle Ages. It comes from the Old French form of George.

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Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations of the name Gorron, including Jore, Joret, Joreau, Joriau, Joriaux, Jorin, Jorel, Jori, Jory, Jorry, Jorre, Jorret, Jorioz and many more.

First found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gorron research. Another 65 words(5 lines of text) covering the year 1571 is included under the topic Early Gorron History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 39 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gorron Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Gorron has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Gorron were Edouard Jory who settled in Virginia in 1664; and Louis Jorel de la Louisiere who was buried in Quebec in 1726.

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  10. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
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The Gorron Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gorron Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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