The surname Giselbach is a name of ancient French origin. It was a Breton
name given to a person with gray hair. The name Giselbach is derived from the Old French word "gris," which means "gray," and was often given to someone with gray hair.
Early Origins of the Giselbach family
The surname Giselbach was first found in Brittany
where this distinguished family held a family seat
at Motte, and were prominent members of the aristocracy.
Early History of the Giselbach family
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Giselbach Spelling Variations
History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations
of the name Giselbach, some of which include Gris, Griss, Grix, LeGris, Legris, Legriss and many more.
Early Notables of the Giselbach family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Giselbach family to the New World and Oceana
France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Giselbach has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Giselbach were Adrien Legris (1686), Jean Legris (1692 Lépine), and Denis Legris (1728) all arrived in Quebec from Ile-de-France.