The history of the Grignan family goes back to the Medieval landscape of northern France, to that coastal region known as Normandy
. It is derived from the family living in Normandy.
Early Origins of the Grignan family
The surname Grignan was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy.
Early History of the Grignan family
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Grignan Spelling Variations
Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local
accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations
of the name Grignan, including Grignard, Grignon, Grignaud and others.
Early Notables of the Grignan family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family in this period was Jacques Grignon, born in Paris in 1630, an engraver of religious subjects and portraits. François Adhémar de Monteil, Comte de Grignan (1632-1714), was a French aristocrat, and Lieutenant-Governor of Provence. Pierre-Clement Grignon, born in 1723, son of Pierre, an alderman, and of Marie-Anne... Another 128 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Grignan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Grignan family to the New World and Oceana
Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. 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 the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. In 1793, the remaining French in these provinces came under British rule. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Grignan were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Grignan were 100 individuals who arrived from France onto Canadian shores between 1600 and 1900. Among them were Antoine Grignon, who came to Quebec in 1658; Marie Grignault, who arrived in Quebec in 1662.