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Grenier Coat of Arms / Grenier Family Crest

Grenier Coat of Arms / Grenier Family Crest

The associated coat of arms for this name GRENIER are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. The name is also spelt GRANIER. This French surname of GRENIER was an occupational name for one who worked in a granary, breeding and selling birds. Many of the modern family names throughout Europe reflect the profession or occupation of their forbears in the Middle Ages and derive from the position held by their ancestors in the village, noble household or religious community in which they lived and worked. The addition of their profession to their birth name made it easier to identify individual tradesmen and craftsmen. As generations passed and families moved around, so the original identifying names developed into the corrupted but simpler versions that we recognise today. The earliest French hereditary surnames are found in the 12th century, at more or less the same time as they arose in England, but they are by no means common before the 13th century, and it was not until the 15th century that they stabilized to any great extent; before then a surname might be handed down for two or three generations, but then abandoned in favour of another. In the south, many French surnames have come in from Italy over the centuries, and in Northern France, Germanic influence can often be detected. A notable member of the name was Adolphe GRANIER de CASSAGNAC (1806-80). He was a French journalist and politician. He came to Paris in 1832 where his vehement writing in the journals brought him many duels and law-suits. In 1840 he went to the West Indies and married a Creole. Until 1848, a zealous Orleanist, be became a strenuous imperialist, and as such represented his native department from 1852 to 1870. He became editor of the semi-official 'Le Pays'.


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