The history of the Grignau 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 Grignau family
The surname Grignau was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy.
Early History of the Grignau family
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Grignau 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 Grignau, including Grignard, Grignon, Grignaud and others.
Early Notables of the Grignau 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 Grignau Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Grignau family to the New World and Oceana
Approximately 110 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. France gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the next decade. 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. Migration to New France (Quebec) continued from France until it fell in 1759. In the year 1675 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 Grignau 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 Grignau 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.