During the Middle Ages, the surname of Grenier was used in France. While the patronymic
and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in France. Occupational
surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Grenier family, adopted the name of their occupation
as their surname. However, an occupational
name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Grenier derives from the Old French word "grenier" and was an occupational name for a worker at a mill or granary.
Early Origins of the Grenier family
The surname Grenier was first found in Ile-de-France in the seigneurie of where they have held a family seat
since ancient times.
The family later branched to Languedoc and Haute-Auvergne where Antoine Grenier de Lassagne is mentioned at Vaour in 1450. Branching once again, a family of gentleman glass makers, also related to ancient champion swordsmen, established themselves at Perigord.
Early History of the Grenier family
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Grenier Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Grenier, Grenie, Grenyer, Grenye, Greniait, Greniai, Greniaie, Greniay, Greniez, Grenyait, Grenyai, Grenyaie, Grenyay, Grenyez, Chenier, Chenie, Chenyer, Chenye, Cheniait, Cheniai, Cheniaie, Cheniay, Cheniez, Chenyait, Chenyai, Chenyaie, Chenyay, Chenyez, Grennier, Grennie, Grennyer, Grennye, Grenniait, Grenniai, Grenniaie, Grenniay, Grenniez, Grennyait, Grennyai, Grennyaie, Grennyay, Grennyez, Chennier, Chennie, Chennyer, Chennyer, Chenniait, Chenniai, Chenniaie, Cheniay, Chenniez, Chennyait, Chennyai, chennyaie, Chennyay and many more.
Early Notables of the Grenier family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Grenier family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Grenier Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Antoine Grenier who settled with his wife in Virginia in 1621
Grenier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Louis Grenier, who settled in Louisiana in 1752
Grenier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Andrew Grenier who settled in Georgia
- Juan Grenier, aged 48, settled in New Orleans in 1823
Grenier Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- T Grenier, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1841
Contemporary Notables of the name Grenier (post 1700)
- Robert Grenier (b. 1941), American poet
- Richard Grenier (1933-2002), American neoconservative cultural columnist
- Adrian Grenier (b. 1976), American actor, musician and director
- John Edward Grenier (1930-2007), American attorney
- Roger Grenier (1919-2017), French writer, journalist and radio animator, Regent of the Collège de ’Pataphysique
- Paul Grenier, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 CITATION[CLOSE]
Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 6) Paul Grenier. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
- Jean Georges Grenier, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 CITATION[CLOSE]
Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 6) Jean Grenier. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
- Raoul Jean Grenier, Canadian Diplomat, Ambassador to Senegal and Mauritania, Ottawa, Ontario
- Martin Grenier (b. 1980), Canadian professional ice hockey player