Lareau History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of notable family names, including that of the distinguished Lareau family. Originally, the people in this region went by one (personal) name. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. These names then began to become "fixed" or hereditary between the generations. One of the types of names adopted as surnames were those derived from nicknames. Nicknames, or "eke-names," were an added name that generally reflected some physical characteristics or other attribute of the person that used the name. The Lareau surname derives from the Old French word "rous," meaning "red," or "red-haired;" and as such was a nickname for someone with red hair, or perhaps for a person with a ruddy or reddish complexion, or who dressed habitually in the colour red.
Early Origins of the Lareau family
The surname Lareau was first found in Périgord, where this impressive family held a family seat since ancient times. Another branch of the family held lands near Rouen in Normandy since 1165. Ralph le Roux was sent in 1119 by Henry I to the aid of Ralph de Guader and in 1120 was one of the nobles who died with Prince Henry in the Blanche. The English line descends from Turchil Rufus or Le Rous, who landed in England in 1066 and held lands in Norfolk. 
A later English branch was found at Imber in Wiltshire. "The church [of Imber] is an ancient structure, in the early and decorated English styles, with some relics of Norman detail, and contains two monuments with the recumbent effigies of Knights Templars of the family of Le Rouse, chamberlains to Henry II and Edward III." 
Early History of the Lareau family
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Lareau Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Leroux, Lerout, Lerou, Leroulx, Leroud, Lerous, de Roux, Lerou, Laroux, La Roux, La Rou, La Rous and many more.
Early Notables of the Lareau family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Lareau is the 14,852nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Lareau Settlers in United States in the 20th Century