My family came to the U.S. from France many (many) years ago, but our family name “Grenelle” (which was changed to Grinnell upon arrival at Ellis Island) is prevalent throughout Paris. In fact, there’s even a neighborhood in Paris named Grenelle.
In addition, there are streets, i.e., Rue de Grenelle, Grenelle Ave, Boulevard De Grenelle; a Hotel Grenelle; the Grenelle Bridge and Pont de Grenelle – the location where the 9m high scale model of the Statue of Liberty in New York stands, facing in the direction of New York. The Statue was given by the US to France in the 19th century for the Universal Exhibition.
Rue de Grenelle runs from the Champs de Mars (Eiffel Tower), through the Rue Cler area (where there is a famous street market), cross the Invalid (Napoleon’s tomb), then continues to go through the Ministry area where all beautiful sumptuous old town homes hidden behind those unpretentious looking doors. It finally comes into the St. Germain des Pres area, and ends at the “Place de Croix Rouge” where the Celine’s “Taurus” statue stands.