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The French name Guillory first arose during the Medieval period in the Languedoc region. It is derived from when the family having lived in Languedoc.

Early Origins of the Guillory family

The surname Guillory was first found in Languedoc, where the family has held a family seat since very early times.

Descending from the original line of Languedoc were François de Ricard, Lord of Cauderoque, Durand de Ricard, Lord of Villenouvette, Jean de Ricard de Villeneuve, Lord and Baron of Villeneuve-la-Comtal. In 1789 Jacques de Ricard de Villeneuve was a member of the Assembly of nobility of Castelnaudary. Jean-Henry de Ricard was a Lawyer in Parliament.

In the 15th century, Bérenger Guilhot became the archbishop of Auch. The family was believed to participate in the affairs of their community and were awarded lands, titles and letters patent confirming their nobility. Those who were granted the title of Lords of Ferrières were Bérenger Guilhot, Jean Guilhot, Arnaud Guilhot and Dominique Guilhot. The granting of the title to the prestigious members of this family was believed to confer special rights, privileges and responsibilities and Guillaume Guilhot became the Lord and also the Baron of Ferrières.

François Guilhot who branched out to Crouzet was given the title of Lord of Crouzet, rewarded with lands, estates, and became the founder of a new branch of this esteemed family. Notable among the distinguished branch of Lagarde was Emile-Joseph-Marie Guilhot who was the Captain and the Commandant of the 8th regiment of Hussars in the 19th century.

Jean Guillot, born in 1650, son of François and Jeanne (née Brou), was a carpenter for the king that travelled to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in Quebec he married Françoise Trud, daughter of Mathurin and Marguerite (née Gareman), on 3rd February 1688. [1]

Early History of the Guillory family

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Guillory Spelling Variations

There were a great number of spelling variations in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. The many spelling variations of the name include Guilhot, Guilot, Guillhot, Guillot, Guillut, Guilut, Guilhut, Gillot, Gilhot and many more.

Early Notables of the Guillory family

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Guillory Ranking

In the United States, the name Guillory is the 2,019th most popular surname with an estimated 14,922 people with that name. [2]

Canada Guillory migration to Canada +

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 Guillory 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 Guillory were

Guillory Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Simon Guillory, son of François and Anne, who married Louise Bouchard, daughter of Laurent and Nicole, in Montreal, Quebec on 6th November 1667 [3]
  • Simon Guillory, son of Simon and Louise, who married Marie Aly, daughter of Vincent and Marie, in Montreal, Quebec on 30th April 1696 [3]
Guillory Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Alix Guillory, son of Simon and Marie, who married Marie-Charlotte Papin, daughter of Gilles and Marie-Françoise, in Boucherville, Quebec on 12th January 1733 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Guillory (post 1700) +

  • Elizabeth Brown Guillory, American playwright, performing artist and a professor of English
  • Rob Guillory (b. 1982), Eisner Award-winning American comic book artist
  • Curtis John Guillory (b. 1943), American Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Beaumont, TX
  • Ben Guillory (b. 1949), American actor and theatre producer and director
  • Matt Guillory (b. 1974), American musician
  • Isaac Guillory (1947-2000), American folk guitarist
  • L. Marie Guillory, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1980 [4]
  • Gil Guillory (b. 1970), American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 8th District, 2000, 2002 [4]
  • Georgine Guillory, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2000 [4]
  • Donald Murphy Guillory, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Texas 8th District, 1992 [4]
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from on Facebook