Grandeau History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Grandeau surname comes from the Old French word "grand," which in turn comes from the Latin "grandis," meaning "large" or "tall." As such, Grandeau is though to have was originally been a nickname for a large or tall person, which later became a surname. There is also a village of Lagrand in the Department of Hautes Alpes that dates from early times; some instances of this surname may have come from the name of this village.

Early Origins of the Grandeau family

The surname Grandeau was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France where this eminent family held a family seat from very early times.

The Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae lists Robert, Richard, Serlo, Roger and Nicholas Grand as living in Normandy 1180-95. [1] Similarly in ancient Britain, Grand was a personal name in the Domesday Book. [2]

Early History of the Grandeau family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grandeau research. Another 232 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1521, 1545, 1555, 1560, 1572, 1582, 1598, 1626, 1655, 1669, 1789, and 1815 are included under the topic Early Grandeau History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Grandeau Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Grand, Grands, Grande, Grandes, Gron, Gronde, Grons, Grondes, Legrand, Legrands, Legrande, Legrandes, Legron, Legronde, Legrons and many more.

Early Notables of the Grandeau family (pre 1700)

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Grandeau Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Grandeau family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Grand, who settled in Virginia in 1650; Joost Grand, who settled in the New Netherlands in 1662; Mary Grand, who settled in Virginia in 1639; Richard Grand, who settled in St. Christopher in 1654.


Contemporary Notables of the name Grandeau (post 1700) +

  • Louis Joseph Grandeau, Baron d'Abancourt, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [3]
  • General of Brigade Louis Grandeau, Baron of d'Abancourt, French officer at the Battle of Jena-Auerstedt in 1806 and in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars


The Grandeau Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: In variis nunquam varius
Motto Translation: Never varied in various


  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  3. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 6) Louis Grandeau. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html


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