Origins of surname
Researching these surnames presents a problem because the difficulty in differentiating between Graut and Grant in handwritten records has caused considerable confusion, and continues to do so. There are also many records, especially those of an early date, which use the spelling Grault. A new family tree was added in 2023 which uses that spelling throughout.
French sources have no reference to Graut, and describe Grant as of British origin. It is believed to be derived from grand, French for big.
Graut, however, has a different origin. The older spelling of the name as Grault, holds the clue. Just as Herault, or Harold, became (H)erault, Ereaut and Eraut, so likewise Gerault, or Gerald, will have contracted to become Grauld or Grault. A similar contraction formed the place-name Grouville and Island surnames now starting with the letters "Gr", (qv).
Stevens, Arthur and Stevens, in Jersey Place Names, 1, 264, mention that this surname in the north-west of the Island is pronounced `gros` like snow, and in the south-east pronounced like cow. De la Croix mentions in his 19th century works, the Fieu ès Grault in St Ouen.
Grant or Grante is probably a distinct surname, which has been recorded in Jersey from 1292, mostly in St Ouen, where Grantez is the name of a vingtaine. There is understandable confusion.
Our database has 150 records of baptisms of Graut/Grault, and a further 60 for Grant/Grante. It is highly likely that some of each belong with the other families, and it is not clear what overlap there might be between the two.
- Graut 1749
- Grault, 1528
- Greaut, 1601
- Greult 1479
- Greut, 1340
- Grant baptisms in Jersey
- Grant marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Grant marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Grant burials in Jersey
- Graut baptisms in Jersey
- Graut marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Graut marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Graut burials in Jersey
- Grault baptisms in Jersey
- Grault marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Grault marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Grault burials in Jersey
Great War service
- La Rigondaine, Grouville
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The grave of Great War casualty Henry George Graut at Les Baraques Military Cemetery, Sangatte, Pas de Calais
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