The history of the Grignard 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 Grignard family
The surname Grignard was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy.
Early History of the Grignard family
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Grignard Spelling Variations
Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations
of the name Grignard, including Grignard, Grignon, Grignaud and others.
Early Notables of the Grignard 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 Grignard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Grignard family to the New World and Oceana
France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Grignard has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Grignard 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.