The name laRoy has a history dating as far back as the Middle Ages. It was a Bretonname for a person who acted the role of the king in local
festivals, or who habitually put on regal airs. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old Fench word rei, meaning king.
Early Origins of the laRoy family
The surname laRoy was first found in Brittany
, where this eminent family held a family seat
since ancient times.
Early History of the laRoy family
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laRoy Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name laRoy include Roys, Roy, Roais, Roays, Roaiz, Roi, Rois, Le Roy, La Roy, Les Roys, Des Roys and many more.
Early Notables of the laRoy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the laRoy 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 laRoy were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name laRoy were G. B. Roys settled in San Francisco in 1850; J. Roys settled in San Francisco in 1852; Robert Royse settled with his wife, Elizabeth, in Massachusetts in 1630.