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During the Middle Ages, the surname of Chenyaie was used in France. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in France. Occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Chenyaie family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Chenyaie derives from the Old French word "grenier" and was an occupational name for a worker at a mill or granary.

Early Origins of the Chenyaie family

The surname Chenyaie was first found in île-de-France in the seigneurie of where they have held a family seat since ancient times.

The family later branched to Languedoc and Haute-Auvergne where Antoine Grenier de Lassagne is mentioned at Vaour in 1450. Branching once again, a family of gentleman glass makers, also related to ancient champion swordsmen, established themselves at Perigord.

Arnaud Grenier acquired Nabinaud in the parish of Pizou on 3rd October 1564 and with the added responsibilities of his nobility, he was relieved of his duties of the fiefs. Daniel, his son, became a captain January 1585. Guy, Daniel's son, was a gentleman cavalier and the Lord of Nabinaud and he married Rachel du Bruel in 1619. Daniel, Lord of Nabinaud and of Capejou had his nobility confirmed by a judgement from the court of tax disputes of Guyenne on 23rd February 1664. François Grenier de Pleaux and de la Borie was a famous chief of a political league. His descendant, Louis, marquis of Pleaux, married Marie de Montclar in 1711.

The Grenier de Moulon and de Sanxet family of Guyenne and Périgord received their rank of nobility in 1700 and their status was maintained in 1740. Branching once again, this time to Auvergne, Benoit, judge of Langeac, had a son, Jean, who was a Baron of the Empire in 1811. Antoine Grenier de Ruère, Jean's nephew, was the grand-father of Emile who married Julie Choriot de Ruère in 1882 and their son was adopted by Antoine of Ruère, his maternal uncle.

Charles Grenier, born in 1636, son of Guillaume, Sieur of Bois-Fontaine, and Françoise, Dame of Challeu of Tournebu, travelled from Normandy, France to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in Quebec he married Marie-Louise Vezina, daughter of Jacques and Marie (née Bouaselon), on 21st December 1664. They remained together in Quebec until Charles passed away at Beauport on 6th February 1717. [1]

Early History of the Chenyaie family

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Chenyaie Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Grenier, Grenie, Grenyer, Grenye, Greniait, Greniai, Greniaie, Greniay, Greniez, Grenyait, Grenyai, Grenyaie, Grenyay, Grenyez, Chenier, Chenie, Chenyer, Chenye, Cheniait, Cheniai, Cheniaie, Cheniay, Cheniez, Chenyait, Chenyai, Chenyaie, Chenyay, Chenyez, Grennier, Grennie, Grennyer, Grennye, Grenniait, Grenniai, Grenniaie, Grenniay, Grenniez, Grennyait, Grennyai, Grennyaie, Grennyay, Grennyez, Chennier, Chennie, Chennyer, Chennyer, Chenniait, Chenniai, Chenniaie, Cheniay, Chenniez, Chennyait, Chennyai, chennyaie, Chennyay and many more.

Early Notables of the Chenyaie family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Chenyaie family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Andrew Grenier who settled in Georgia; Antoine Grenier who settled with his wife in Virginia in 1621; Juan Grenier, aged 48; settled in New Orleans in 1823.



  1. Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print


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