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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.
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.
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.
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In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. 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
Grignon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Grignon Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
Grignon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Grignon Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
The Grignon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Grignon Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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