The name Grou is tied to the ancient French culture that is at the heart of Western civilization. It comes from This particular name was devised in Normandy
, a region at the north of the country, from the Old French personal name
Gréoul. This name is composed of the Germanic elements "gred," which means "desire," and "wulf," which means "wolf."
Early Origins of the Grou family
The surname Grou was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy
, where the family was established in early times.
Early History of the Grou family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grou research.Another 273 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1518, 1600, 1640, 1731, 1733, 1743, 1803, 1814, 1825, 1826, 1866, 1870, and 1883 are included under the topic Early Grou History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Grou Spelling Variations
Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local
accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations
of the name Grou, including Grou, Groue, Groues, Groulx, Grould, Groul, Groult, Groux, Groud, Grout, de Grout, Groutte, la Groutte, Grouteau, Grouard, Grouet, Groué, Grouais and many more.
Early Notables of the Grou family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family in this period was John Grout (c.1643-1697), an American colonial military figure and selectman for Sudbury, Massachusetts; Jean-Nicolas Grou (1731-1803); Thomas Pierre-Adrien Groult (1733-1814), the founder of the Academic... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Grou Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Grou family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Grou Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Marie Goguet Grou, who arrived in Montreal in 1659
- Jean Grou, who landed in Montreal in 1671
Grou Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Jean Grou, who married Jeanne Cousineau in Montreal in 1708
- Jean Grou, who married Agathe Hay in St-Laurent in 1726