The name De ruel dates back to the days of Medieval France, in the region of Normandy
. It is derived from their residence in Normandy. However, the name Ruell is derived from the Old French word ruelle, meaning lane or alley, and indicates that the original bearer lived in such a place.
Early Origins of the De ruel family
The surname De ruel was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy
, where this eminent family held a family seat
in the honor of the seigneurie of Launay. This north country family lived almost exclusively in the provinces of Normandy, Brittany
, Picardy, Artois, and Flanders.
Early History of the De ruel family
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De ruel Spelling Variations
Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local
accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations
of the name De ruel, including Rueil, Ruel, de Ruel, De Ruel, du Ruel, Du Ruel, Ruell, Ruelle, Ruelles, Desruelles, de Ruell, De Ruell, Rueil, Rueill, Roulier and many more.
Early Notables of the De ruel family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family in this period was Pierre de la Rue (c.1452-1518), a Franco- Flemish
composer and singer of the Renaissance; Pieter de Ruelles (1630-1658), a Dutch Golden Age landscape... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early De ruel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the De ruel family to the New World and Oceana
Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. In 1793, the remaining French in these provinces came under British rule. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name De ruel were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name De ruel were Pierre Roulier who arrived in Quebec in 1699 from Brittany; Jean Ruell settled in Quebec in 1757 from Normandy; Nicklaus Ruel settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1752.