Grillet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Grillet 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 Grillet family

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

Early History of the Grillet family

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Grillet Spelling Variations

Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations of this name, Grillet some of which are Grignard, Grignon, Grignaud and others.

Early Notables of the Grillet 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 Marisy, established himself, after a solid scientific education in Paris, as master blacksmith in Bayard (Haute-Marne). Louis Grignon, born in 1748, was a general. A rifleman in the regiment of the French Guard in 1767, he served in the...
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Migration of the Grillet family

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 Grillet 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 Grillet 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.

Contemporary Notables of the name Grillet (post 1700) +

  • Pierre Grillet (1932-2018), French football striker for the France National Team (1954-1960)
  • Catherine Robbe- Grillet (b. 1930), French theatre and cinema actress and photographer
  • Alain Robbe- Grillet (1922-2008), French writer and filmmaker on Facebook
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