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The prestigious French surname Gregoire is a proud sign of a rich and dynamic ancestry.The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in France were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. The name Gregoire is derived from the ancient Greek personal name Gregorein, which means watchful or awake.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Gregoir, Gregoire, Greguer, Greguere, De Gregoire, Degregoire, De Gregoir, Degregoire and many more.

First found in Guyenne where they held a family seat in the village and estates of Gregoire in the department of Lot-et-Garonne in Tarn in the south of France.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gregoire research. Another 180 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1531 and 1650 are included under the topic Early Gregoire History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Gregoire Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gregoire Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Basile Gregoire, who arrived in South Carolina in 1756

Gregoire Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Louis Gregoire, who arrived in America in 1804
  • D Gregoire, aged 40, landed in New Orleans, La in 1832
  • Sen. Gregoire, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Gregoire Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century


  • Mathurin Gregoire arrived in Quebec in 1669 from Picardy
  • Francois Gregoire who arrived in Quebec in 1685 from Languedoc

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  • Jean-Albert Grégoire (1899-1992), French automotive engineer, pioneer of the front-wheel-drive car
  • Henri Grégoire (1750-1831), French Roman Catholic priest, constitutional Bishop of Blois and a revolutionary leader
  • Mr. Guy L.  Gregoire (1890-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Joseph-Ernest Grégoire (1886-1980), French Canadian politician
  • Gabriel Grégoire (b. 1953), Canadian former CFL defensive lineman for the Montreal Alouettes (1976-1980)
  • Gilles Grégoire (1926-2006), French Canadian politician, co-founder of the Parti Québécois
  • Christine O'Grady Gregoire (b. 1947), American politician, 22nd Governor of the U.S. state of Washington (2005-2013)
  • Most Reverend Paul Gregoire, Archbishop of Montreal, Quebec, Canada


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  2. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  3. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
  6. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
  7. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  8. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
  9. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
  10. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Gregoire Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gregoire Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 9 March 2016 at 10:17.

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