The history of the Grillard 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 Grillard family
The surname Grillard was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy.
Early History of the Grillard family
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Grillard Spelling Variations
The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local
dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Grillard is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations
of the name include Grignard, Grignon, Grignaud and others.
Early Notables of the Grillard 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 Grillard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Grillard family to the New World and Oceana
Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, 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. By the same year 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 Grillard 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 Grillard 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.