The name La Moreau 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.
Early Origins of the La Moreau family
The surname La Moreau 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.
Early History of the La Moreau family
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La Moreau 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.
Early Notables of the La Moreau family (pre 1700)
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 La Moreau Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the La Moreau family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Sannder Morrot, who arrived in Boston in 1652; Jean Moreau, who settled in Virginia in 1700; Francois Moreau, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719; Alexandre Moreau, who arrived in Louisiana in 1752.