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The history of the Grignon 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.

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The surname Grignon was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy.

French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Grignon is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Grignard, Grignon, Grignaud and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grignon research. More information is included under the topic Early Grignon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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...

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In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebe c. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year 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 Grignon 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 Grignon were

Grignon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Amedee J Grignon, who arrived in Louisiana in 1824

Grignon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Raymond Grignon, aged 43, who landed in America from Paris, France, in 1904
  • Jules Grignon, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Premasque, France, in 1910
  • Louis Grignon, aged 20, who landed in America from Premasque, France, in 1910
  • Maud Grignon, aged 20, who emigrated to America from Montegobay, Jamaica, in 1912
  • Jany Grignon, aged 53, who emigrated to the United States from Paris, France, in 1912
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Grignon Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Antoine Grignon, who came to Quebec in 1658
  • Jean Grignon, who was married in 1662 in Quebec
  • Jacques Grignon, who was married in 1692 in Batiscan, Quebec

Grignon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Catherine Grignon, who was married in 1720 in Grondines, Quebec
  • Ambroise Grignon, who was married in 1747 in Montreal

Grignon Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Cleophas Grignon, aged 34, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1912
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  • Charles A Grignon, wealthy American who built the Grignon Mansion in 1837, in what would become Wisconsin
  • Louis Grignon, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Francis Grignon (b. 1944), French politician, member of the Senate of France
  • Claude-Henri Grignon (1894-1976), Canadian novelist, journalist and politician
  • Gerard Eugene Joseph Grignon, teacher and politician in Paris
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    10. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
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