Show ContentsDerosier History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Noble surnames, such as Derosier, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the French people. The original bearer of the name Derosier, 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 Derosier family originally lived in the province of Savoie.

Early Origins of the Derosier family

The surname Derosier 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]

Early History of the Derosier family

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Derosier 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 Derosier 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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Derosier Ranking

In the United States, the name Derosier is the 7,763rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

United States Derosier migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Derosier Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Eugene Derosier, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1918
  • William H. Derosier, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1920
  • Joseph Derosier, aged 27, who immigrated to America, in 1921

Canada Derosier migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Derosier Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Derosier, aged 30, who settled in Montreal, in 1904

Contemporary Notables of the name Derosier (post 1700) +

  • William N. DeRosier (b. 1897), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bristol, 1921-22 [3]
  • Bernard Derosier (b. 1939), French member of the National Assembly of France
  • Jacob "Jake" DeRosier (1880-1913), Canadian motorcycle racer who rode for Indian Motocycle and later Excelsior, the fastest rider in the United States in the early 1900s

  1. Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from on Facebook