The surname Griseau is a name of ancient French origin. It was a Breton
name given to a person with gray hair. The name Griseau is derived from the Old French word "gris," which means "gray," and was often given to someone with gray hair.
Early Origins of the Griseau family
The surname Griseau 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 Griseau family
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Griseau 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, Griseau some of which are Gris, Griss, Grix, LeGris, Legris, Legriss and many more.
Early Notables of the Griseau family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Griseau family to the New World and Oceana
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 Griseau 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 Griseau were Adrien Legris (1686), Jean Legris (1692 Lépine), and Denis Legris (1728) all arrived in Quebec from Ile-de-France.