Gros History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Directly translated the word gros means "large". It is thought that the name was originally used for a merchant that sold popular fruits or other various food items. [1]

Early Origins of the Gros family

The surname Gros was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France but one of the first records of the name was found in England where William le Gros (died 1179) was the Count of Aumale (Earl of Albemarle), Earl of York, and Lord of Holderness.

The name de Grosso was also found in Normandy around 1180 and it is assumed by some sources that this could be an early root for the name Gros in France. [2]

Early History of the Gros family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gros research. Another 204 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1419, 1588, 1601, 1771, 1835, 1808, 1809, 1810, 1554, 1634, 1629 and 1714 are included under the topic Early Gros History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gros Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gros, Graux, Graulx, Grot, Graut, Grauts, Grault, Graults, Grau, Graus, Graue, Graues, Gross, de Gros and many more.

Early Notables of the Gros family (pre 1700)

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gros Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Gros migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gros Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christian Gros, who settled in Philadelphia in 1732
  • Christian Gros, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737 [3]
  • Johan Hedrich Gros, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1753 [3]
  • Philip Daniel Gros, who settled in Philadelphia in 1753
  • Philip Daniel Gros, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Gros Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Franz Joseph Gros, who landed in America in 1807 [3]
  • Jac Gros, who arrived in America in 1807 [3]
  • Philipp Peter Gros, who arrived in Brazil in 1825 [3]
  • Johann Daniel Gros also settled in Philadelphia in 1850
  • Wilh Gros, who landed in America in 1857 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Gros migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gros Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Pierre Gros, son of Jean and Marie-Anne, who married Marie-Gabrielle Cherlot-Desmoulins, daughter of Jean and Jeanne, in Montreal, Quebec on 5th February 1703 [4]
  • Michel Gros, son of Pierre and Marie-Gabrielle, who married Marguerite Des Montay Prémonté, daughter of Pierre and Angélique, in Saint-Laurent, Quebec on 18th July 1735 [4]
  • Jean Gros, aged 43, who arrived in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767
  • Michel Gros, son of Michel and Marguerite, who married Marie Fisseau, daughter of Augustin and Marie-Reine, in Longue-Pointe, Quebec on 23rd February 1784 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gros (post 1700) +

  • Earl Roy Gros (b. 1940), former American NFL football running back
  • Joshua Gros (b. 1982), retired American soccer player
  • Jean Louis Gros, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [5]
  • Brigadier-General Justin-Paul-Louis Gros (1886-1956), French Commanding Officer during World War II [6]
  • Pierre Gros (b. 1939), French Roman architecture scholar
  • Jerzy Gros (1945-2018), Polish long-distance runner at the 1976 Summer Olympics
  • Piero Gros (b. 1954), Italian former Olympic gold medalist alpine ski racer


  1. ^ Dionne, N.-E., Origine Des Familles Canadiennes-Français. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1969. Print.
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  5. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 6) Jean Gros. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  6. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 5) Justin-Paul-Louis Gros. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Gros/Justin-Paul-Louis/France.html


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