Groult History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Groult 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 Groult family

The surname Groult was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where the family was established in early times.

Important Dates for the Groult family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Groult research. Another 137 words (10 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 Groult History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Groult Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name Groult 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 Groult 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...
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Migration of the Groult family

French settlers came early to North American, following in the wake of the explorers, and creating New France. Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain is said to have been the first American site founded as a permanent settlement, rather than as just a commercial outpost. But emigration was slow, in 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 French people in Quebec, and by 1663, when the region was officially made The Royal Colony of New France, by Louis XIV, there still only around 500 settlers. Over 2,000 would arrive during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted immigrants, both noble and commoner from France. By 1675, there were around 7000 French in the colony, and by that 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. Despite the loss of the Colony to England, the French people flourished in Lower Canada. Among settlers to North America of the Groult surname 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.

Contemporary Notables of the name Groult (post 1700)

  • François Groult (d. 2011), French three-time Cezar Award winning and Motion Picture Sound Editor winning sound engineer, known for his work on The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999), Léon: The Professional (1994) and Total Eclipse (1995)
  • Pierre Groult (1830-1918), French vintner in Saint-Cyr-du-Ronceray, Normandy, best known for his Calvados Roger Groult, a Calvados brandy
  • André Groult (1884-1966), French decorator and designer of French furniture
  • Benoîte Groult (1920-2016), French journalist, writer and feminist activist, daughter of André Groult
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