Desrosiers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Noble surnames, such as Desrosiers, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the French people. The original bearer of the name Desrosiers, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Savoie. In France, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate while names of larger areas usually indicated a former dweller or a very powerful, titled landholder. The Desrosiers family originally lived in the province of Savoie.

Early Origins of the Desrosiers family

The surname Desrosiers was first found in Savoy (French: Savoie) in the Rhône-Alpes region of the French Alps, where this eminent family held a family seat since ancient times.

In 1368 the head of the Rossier family met with the Count of Geneva, their overlord, to render assistance and tidings. Jean-François Rossier was the councilor to the Duke of Savoie, and was charged by the Duke to represent him in the purchase of the Baronies of Ponain and Cerdon from Charles de La Chambre on the 10th of September in 1565. This same Jean-François Rossier was the Lord of Tresserve and later became the Master Auditor for the Treasury of Savoie on the 26th of February, 1580. Jean-François' name has been incorrectly associated with Roffier in the matter dealt with by the Magistrate of Savoie according to the records. From the original line of Savoie, this ancient family branched, expanded and prospered to become a very important family through the events of the times.

Antoine Desrosiers, born in 1619, worked as a judge in Trois-Rivières, Quebec and was married to Anne Le Neuf du Herisson. He passed away in 1691 and was buried at Champlain, Quebec on 9th August 1691. [1]

Important Dates for the Desrosiers family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Desrosiers research. Another 60 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1368, 1565, and 1580 are included under the topic Early Desrosiers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Desrosiers Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Desrosiers, des Rosiers, des Rosier, Desrosiés, Rosiere, Rosieres, Rossieres, Rossiere, Rosier and many more.

Early Notables of the Desrosiers family (pre 1700)

Notable in the family name at this time was James Rosier (1575-1635), one of the early English voyagers to America. He sailed with Bartholomew Gosnold on his voyage to New England in March-July 1602, and with George Weymouth on his voyage in March-July 1605. In 1605, he wrote 'A True Relation of Captain George Waymouth his Voyage made this present Year, 1605, in the...
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Desrosiers migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Desrosiers Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Germaine Desrosiers, aged 26, who landed in America from Paris, France, in 1919

Desrosiers migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Desrosiers Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Antoine Desrosiers, considered to be the first settler from Forez Lyonnais, France who immigrated to New France in 1647
  • Jean-Baptiste Desrosiers who landed in New France in 1666
  • Joseph Desrosiers, son of Antoine and Anne, married Françoise Dubois, daughter of François and Anne, in Quebec in 1666 [2]
  • Michel Desrosiers, son of Antoine and Anne, married Marie-Jeanne Artaut, daughter of Pierre and Louise, in Quebec on 14th January 1679 [2]
  • Jean Desrosiers, son of Antoine and Anne, married Françoise Dandonneau, daughter of Pierre and Françoise, in Champlain, Quebec on 20th January 1682 [2]
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Desrosiers Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Jean-Baptiste Desrosiers, son of Michel and Marie-Jeanne, married Marie-Jeanne Leclerc, daughter of Florent and Jeanne, in Trois-Rivières, Quebec on 30th June 1716 [2]
  • Michel Desrosiers, son of Jean and Françoise, married Marie-Anne Moreau, daughter of Jean-Baptiste and Marie, in Rimouski, Quebec on 28th May 1716 [2]
  • Antoine Desrosiers, son of Antoine and Marie-Renée, married Angélique Piette, daughter of Pierre and Marie-Jacqueline, in La Visitation-de-l'île-Dupas, Quebec on 9th February 1722 [2]
  • Francois Desrosiers who settled in Bécancour, New France in 1723
  • François Desrosiers, son of Pierre and Marguerite, married Marguerite Deshaies, daughter of Pierre and Marguerite, in Bécancour, Quebec on 1st February 1723 [2]
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Desrosiers Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Violet Desrosiers, aged 19, who immigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1915
  • Edmond Desrosiers, aged 24, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1919
  • Margaret Desrosiers, aged 24, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1919
  • Armand Desrosiers, aged 33, who immigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1921

Contemporary Notables of the name Desrosiers (post 1700)

  • Julien Desrosiers (b. 1980), French ice hockey player at the 2011 IIHF World Championship
  • Camille DesRosiers S.M. (1928-2016), Canadian-born Roman Catholic priest, Superior of Funafuti (1986-2010)
  • Jacques Desrosiers (1938-1996), Québécois singer and actor
  • Philippe Desrosiers (b. 1995), Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender
  • Dennis Desrosiers (b. 1949), Canadian former professional ice hockey player and coach
  • Robert Guy Desrosiers (b. 1953), Canadian dancer, choreographer, and actor
  • Arthur Desrosiers (1884-1951), Canadian physician and politician, Mayor of Eastview, Ontario and represented Russell in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1934 to 1937
  • Léo-Paul Desrosiers (1896-1967), Québécois writer and journalist well-known for his historical novels
  • Gérard Desrosiers GOQ, French Canadian country doctor, founder of the first regional library in Quebec
  • David Philippe Desrosiers (b. 1980), French Canadian musician
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Citations

  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
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