Gravier History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Gravier has a long French heritage that first began in southern region of Languedoc. The name is derived from when the family lived in Languedoc but the name could have also been derived from the Old French word "grave," which meant "gravel."

Early Origins of the Gravier family

The surname Gravier was first found in Languedoc, where the family has held a family seat since very early times.

Important Dates for the Gravier family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gravier research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1096, 1150, 1248, 1669, 1788, 1651 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Gravier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gravier 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 Gravier, some of which include Grave, Grève, de Grèves, Grauve, Greive, Le Grave, de Grave, Graves and many more.

Early Notables of the Gravier family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Hugues, a Lord of Villegly and of Félines; and Jacques Gravier (1651-1708), a French Jesuit missionary in the New World from Moulins, Allier...
Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gravier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Gravier family

Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Gravier has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Gravier were George Grave settled with his wife Elnor and son, John, aged 10; in Virginia in 1620; Hermon Up De Grave settled in Germantown, Pa. in 1693; Joan Grave, aged 30.

Contemporary Notables of the name Gravier (post 1700)

  • Mike Gravier (b. 1960), American football coach and former player
  • Robert Gravier (1905-2005), French politician, Member of the French Senate from 1946 to 1974
  • Jean-François Gravier, French geographer, famous for his 1947 work Paris and the French Desert
  • Charles Joseph Gravier (1865-1937), French zoologist, chevalier of the Légion d'honneur (1923) and commander on 6 August 1937
  • Charles Gravier (1717-1787), comte de Vergennes, French statesman and diplomat, Chief Minister of the French Monarch (1781-1878), Minister of Foreign Affairs (1774-1787)
  • Bernard Gravier (1881-1923), French gold medalist fencer in the team épée event at the 1908 Summer Olympics
  • Charles Gravier Vergennes (1717-1787), French statesman

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