The surname Grisalain is a name of ancient French origin. It was a Breton
name given to a person with gray hair. The name Grisalain is derived from the Old French word "gris," which means "gray," and was often given to someone with gray hair.
Early Origins of the Grisalain family
The surname Grisalain was first found in Brittany
where this distinguished family held a family seat
at Motte, and were prominent members of the aristocracy.
Early History of the Grisalain family
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Grisalain Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name Grisalain include Gris, Griss, Grix, LeGris, Legris, Legriss and many more.
Early Notables of the Grisalain family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Grisalain family to the New World and Oceana
Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. 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 the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. In 1793, the remaining French in these provinces came under British rule. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Grisalain were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Grisalain were Adrien Legris (1686), Jean Legris (1692 Lépine), and Denis Legris (1728) all arrived in Quebec from Ile-de-France.