Gravel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Gravel family

The surname Gravel was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where they held a family seat at Graval near Portmort at Seine-Inférieure in the arrondissement of Neufchâtel in the region of Flamets-Frétils. They later branched to Fourneau in Normandy, and became one of the eminent aristocratic families of that dukedom.

Important Dates for the Gravel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gravel research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the year 1066 is included under the topic Early Gravel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gravel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Graval, Gravalle, Gravel, Gravell, Gravelle, Graville, Gravile, Gravil and many more.

Early Notables of the Gravel family (pre 1700)

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Gravel migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gravel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Gravel, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1828 [1]
  • Franz W Gravel, aged 37, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1839 [1]

Gravel migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gravel Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Joseph-Massé Gravel who arrived in Quebec from Brittany in 1641
  • Massé-Joseph Gravel, son of Joseph and Marguerite, married Marguerite Tavernier, daughter of Éloi and Margeurite, in Notre-Dame-des-Anges, Quebec on 1st May 1644 [2]
  • Pierre Gravel, son of Massé-Joseph and Marguerite, married Madeleine Cloutier, daughter of Zacharie and Madeleine-Barbe, in Château-Richer, Quebec on 4th February 1676 [2]
  • Jean Gravel, son of Massé-Joseph and Marguerite, married Marie Cloutier, daughter of Zacharie and Madeleine-Barbe, in Château-Richer, Quebec on 26th April 1684 [2]
  • Claude Gravel, son of Massé-Joseph and Marguerite, married Jeanne Cloutier, daughter of Charles and Louise, in Château-Richer, Quebec on 4th February 1687 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Gravel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Augustin Gravel, son of Pierre and Madeleine, married Élisabeth Caron, daughter of Pierre and Marie, in Cap-Saint-Ignace, Quebec on 7th January 1702 [2]
  • Joseph Gravel, son of Joseph and Marie, married Barbe Gagnon, daughter of Noel and Geneviève, in Château-Richer, Quebec on 4th November 1715 [2]
  • Athanase Gravel, son of Charles and Françoise, married Marie-Anne Doyon, daughter of Antoine and Françoise, in Château-Richer, Quebec on 15th November 1717 [2]
  • Pierre-Paul Gravel, son of Claud and Jeanne, married Marguerite Prieur, daughter of Joseph and Hélène, in Château-Richer, Quebec on 18th January 1721 [2]
  • Charles Gravel, son of Charles and Françoise, married Thérèse Michel, daughter of Olivier and Madeleine, in Château-Richer, Quebec on 22nd September 1723 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Gravel (post 1700)

  • Camille Francis Gravel Jr. (1915-2005), American lawyer and politician from Louisiana, adviser to Governors Earl Kemp Long, John McKeithen, and Edwin Washington Edwards
  • Maurice Robert "Mike" Gravel (b. 1930), American former politician, United States Senator from Alaska (1969-1981), 3rd Speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives (1965-1967)
  • Maurice Robert Gravel (b. 1930), American Democrat politician, Member of Alaska State House of Representatives, 1963-66; Speaker of the Alaska State House of Representatives, 1965-66 [3]
  • Leonard J. Gravel, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Vermont, 1948 [3]
  • Camille Francis Gravel Jr. (1915-2005), American Democrat politician, Member of Democratic National Committee from Louisiana, 1954; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1956 [3]
  • Louis-Pierre Gravel (1868-1926), French Canadian missionary and who founded the town of Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan
  • Evens Gravel (b. 1970), French Canadian fencer at the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics
  • Elphège Gravel (1838-1904), French Canadian Roman Catholic priest, 1st Bishop of Nicolet, Québec (1885-1904)
  • Michel Gravel (b. 1939), French Canadian former politician, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Gamelin (1984-1988)
  • John Gravel (b. 1941), Canadian former WHA ice hockey defenceman
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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