The name Groul 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 Groul family
The surname Groul was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy
, where the family was established in early times.
Early History of the Groul family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Groul 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 Groul History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Groul 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 Groul, 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 Groul 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 Groul Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Groul 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 Groul 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 Groul were Jacques Grouard, who married Marie Têtu in Quebec City in 1689; Jean Grou, who married Jeanne Cousineau in Montreal in 1708; Jean Grou, who married Agathe Hay in St-Laurent in 1726.