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Where did the French Rousset family come from? What is the French Rousset family crest and coat of arms? When did the Rousset family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Rousset family history?

From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of notable family names, including that of the distinguished Rousset family. Originally, the people in this region went by one (personal) name. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. These names then began to become "fixed" or hereditary between the generations. One of the types of names adopted as surnames were those derived from nicknames. Nicknames, or "eke-names," were an added name that generally reflected some physical characteristics or other attribute of the person that used the name. The Rousset surname derives from the Old French word "rous," meaning "red," or "red-haired;" and as such was a nickname for someone with red hair, or perhaps for a person with a ruddy or reddish complexion, or who dressed habitually in the color red.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Leroux, Lerout, Lerou, Leroulx, Leroud, Lerous, de Roux, Lerou, Laroux, La Roux, La Rou, La Rous and many more.

First found in Périgord, where this impressive family held a family seat since ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rousset research. Another 601 words(43 lines of text) covering the years 1372, 1389, 1404, 1429, 1555, 1631, 1668, 1788, 1814, and 1829 are included under the topic Early Rousset History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 29 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rousset Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rousset Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Jean Rousset, who arrived in Virginia in 1700

Rousset Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Felicen Rousset, aged 24, landed in New York in 1804
  • Claude Rousset, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1809
  • Enrique Rousset, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1889

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The Rousset Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rousset Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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