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Languedoc is the region of ancient France from which the name Laroque was derived. It comes from when the family lived in La Rocque, in l'Herault, Languedoc.

Early Origins of the Laroque family

The surname Laroque was first found in Languedoc where the family has held a family seat since ancient times.

Early History of the Laroque family

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Laroque Spelling Variations

French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Laroque is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include La Roque, Roque, De Roque, du Roque, Rocque, La Rocque, du Rocque, Larocque, Laroc, Roquebrune and many more.

Early Notables of the Laroque family (pre 1700)

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United States Laroque migration to the United States +

France finally gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the 1700s. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 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. 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 Laroque were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Laroque were

Laroque Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joachim LaRoque, who settled in Louisiana in 1719
  • Joachim LaRoque, aged 36, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 [1]
Laroque Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • A Laroque, who arrived in New Orleans La in 1839 [1]
Laroque Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Elie Laroque, aged 6, who landed in America from Decazeville, in 1906
  • Fulofence Laroque, aged 19, who settled in America from Bordeaux, France, in 1908
  • John S. Laroque, aged 7, who landed in America from Guatemala, in 1919
  • Luce Laroque, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States from Chaumont, France, in 1919
  • Edith Jane Laroque, aged 46, who immigrated to the United States from Guatemala, in 1919

Contemporary Notables of the name Laroque (post 1700) +

  • Stephen Alexander LaRoque, American Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly
  • Michèle Laroque (b. 1960), French actress, comedian and humorist
  • Pierre Louis Laroque, French Manager of an aviation company
  • Pierre Laroque, French Commander of the Legion of Honour, President of the Council of State
  • Jean Gustave Laroque, French Officer of the Legion of Honour, Magistrate

The Laroque Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Deo vero et honori
Motto Translation: God and the honor

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook