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