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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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The surname Moreaux was 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.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Notable amongst the family at this time was Jean-Baptiste Moreau ( ca. 1656-1733), a French composer of the baroque period; Jacob Nicolas Moreau of Burgundy, born in 1717; Moreau of Saint-Rémy (1750-1819), a representative of Martinique at the Constituent Assembly; Pierre-Jean...

Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moreaux Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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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  • A. O. Moreaux, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1924
  • 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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    6. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
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