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Where did the French Moreaux family come from? When did the Moreaux family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Moreaux family history?

The name Moreaux is a nickname type of surname, derived from the Old French word "more," meaning "dark skinned," which in turn derives from the Phoenician "mauharim," meaning "eastern." This name was applied to Moors and other people with dark complexions. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Surnames derived from nicknames were quite common; they usually reflected physical characteristics or other attributes of the first person.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Moreau, Morreau, Moreaux, Morreaux, Morault, Morrault, Moreault, Moreaul, Morreaul, Moreaud, Morreaud, Moraud, Morraud, Morot, Morrot, Moreu, Morreu, Moreux, Morreux, Moron, Morron, Moureau, Moureaux, Moureaul, Moureu, Moureux, Mouraut, Mourault, Mouron, Lemoreau, Lamoreau, Lamoreaux, la Moreau, de Moreau, de la Moreau, Demoreau and many more.

First found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where this eminent family has held a family seat since ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moreaux research. Another 627 words(45 lines of text) covering the years 1386, 1467, 1477, 1522, 1656, 1717, 1733, 1740, 1741, 1750, 1763, 1781, 1787, 1791, 1793, 1804, 1806, 1810, 1813, 1814, 1819, 1826, 1882, 1884, 1892, and 1898 are included under the topic Early Moreaux History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 143 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moreaux Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Moreaux Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Paul Moreaux, who landed in Texas in 1854

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  • Jean René Moreaux, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Leon Moreaux (b. 1861), French two time silver and bronze Olympic medalist for shooting during the 1900 games


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  7. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
  8. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
  9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
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