The name Grould 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 Grould family
The surname Grould was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy
, where the family was established in early times.
Early History of the Grould family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grould 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 Grould History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Grould Spelling Variations
French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local
dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire
. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance
. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Grould is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations
of the name include 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 Grould 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 Grould Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Grould family to the New World and Oceana
By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Since immigration was slow, 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 Grould 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 Grould 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.