Girault History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Girault family

The surname Girault 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 Girault family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Girault research. Another 124 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1464, 1590, 1667, 1724, 1610, 1628 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Girault History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Girault 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 Girault family (pre 1700)

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United States Girault migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Girault Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Francois Girault, aged 30, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 [2]
  • John Girault, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798 [2]
Girault Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Henri Edmond Girault, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States from Rochefort, France, in 1908
  • Albert Girault, aged 43, who settled in America from Paris, France, in 1909
  • Mrs. Albert Girault, aged 29, who immigrated to the United States from Paris, France, in 1909
  • Emile Joseph Girault, aged 50, who landed in America from Angers, France, in 1910
  • Marie Girault, aged 38, who immigrated to America from Paris, France, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Girault (post 1700) +

  • Ron Girault (b. 1986), American NFL football safety
  • Alexandre Arsène Girault (1884-1941), American entomologist who specialised in the study of chalcid wasps
  • Jean-Marie Girault (1926-2016), French politician, Mayor of Caen (1970-2001)
  • Charles-Louis Girault (1851-1932), French architect
  • Jean Girault (1924-1982), French film director and screenwriter who directed more than thirty films
  • Olivier Girault (b. 1973), French three-time gold medalist team handball player

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