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Early Origins of the Gerow family

The surname Gerow was first found in Languedoc where this celebrated family held a family seat from ancient times.

This noble family acquired the title of Marquis de Vessey under Philippe Giroux, aide-de-camp of the armies of the King, in the late 1600's. A branch of the family formed during the 1700's and distinctive members from this branch were three colonels of the cavalry, Knights of Saint-Louis and consuls of Rodez. As a result of branching to various provinces, the spelling of the family name changed according to different pronunciations throughout France. At the time of the French Revolution, many members of this family are recorded because of their active role in the political changes that surrounded this event.

Distinctive among these members was Étienne Giroult, an Administrator and Legislator, who was elected as a Deputy to the Legislature on September 10, 1791, and who voted with the minority. Consequently, he was branded a counter-revolutionary and was wanted by the police. Étienne hid in a Church to avoid being arrested, but he was found there and jumped off the top of the church before being charged by the police.

Toussaint Giroux, born in 1636, son of Jean and Marguerite (née Quilleron), arrived in Canada from Perche, France on 29th September 1654. In Quebec he worked as a weaver and a land clearer. He married Marie Godard in 1654 and together they had twelve children. After Marie's death, Toussaint remarried to Thérèse Leblanc in Beauport, Quebec on 29th October 1686. [1]

Early History of the Gerow family

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Gerow Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Giroux, Giroulx, Giroud, Girous, Girout, Giroult, Giroust, Girou, Geroux, Geroulx, Gerrou, Jiroux, Jeroux, Gurule and many more.

Early Notables of the Gerow family (pre 1700)

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Gerow Ranking

In the United States, the name Gerow is the 12,050th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

United States Gerow migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gerow Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • H C Gerow, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [3]

Canada Gerow migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gerow Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mrs. Catherine Gerow U.E. (b. 1752) from Westchester County, New York who settled in Maugerville, Sundbury County, New Brunswick c. 1784 wife of John Yerxa [4]
  • Mr. Isaac Gerow U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [4]
  • Mr. James Gerow U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gerow (post 1700) +

  • General Leonard Townsend Gerow (1888-1972), American Commanding General 2nd Army (1948-1950) [5]
  • Brigadier-General Lee Saunders Gerow (1891-1982), American Assistant Commanding General 85th Division (1943-1945) [6]
  • General Leonard Townsend Gerow (1888-1972), appointed Commanding General, U.S. Second Army in 1948
  • J. Gerow Kearsing, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from New York County 21st District, 1921 [7]

  1. Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. 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)
  4. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 5) Leonard Gerow. Retrieved from
  6. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 5) Lee Gerow. Retrieved from
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from on Facebook