Le roy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Le roy 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 French word "rei", meaning king.

Early Origins of the Le roy family

The surname Le roy was first found in Brittany, where this eminent family held a family seat since ancient times.

Pierre du Roaiz is recorded in the cartulary of the hospitaliers (Religious orders who care for the sick and destitute) of Puy in 1181. Due to his great contributions to his community, Jean Roays was granted knighthood in 1253 and in 1261. In 1357, Robert Roays rendered homage for his fief to the Baron of Solignac and then in 1457 Jean III Roays carried out the same act to the Viscount Joyeuse, Baron of Saint-Didier-en-Velay. From this family came Simonnet des Roys, Lord of Roys, co-Lord of Brignon and Magistrate and Captain of the military. Actively involved in the Crusades, Etienne and Gilbert Roys were honored with the title of the Knights of Malta for their valiant action.

Valentin des Roys made a transaction with his brother on June 6, 1503, regarding the succession of their parents. From Valentin's marriage to Marie of Bourdelles, came the Marquis of Roys, the Lords of Eschandelys and the Barons of Enclos.

In 1684, Jacques, Marquis of Roys, rendered homage to the King. Following his noble descendants was Claude Annet, First Page to Louis XV and to Louis XVI, Captain of the Dauphiné cavalry, who obtained Honours from the Court in 1785. Etienne, his son, Marquis of Roys, married Jenny Hoche, daughter of the famous General, in 1832, and their son, Ernest, was the Auditor, a member of the State Council and the Deputy of la Seine-Inférieure.

One of the earliest records of the name Roy in Canada was with Etienne Roy, son of Mathurin and Marguerite (neé Bire) of La Rochelle. Etienne married Marguerite Navarre on 26th August 1669 and he died in Charlesbourg, Quebec and was buried on 1st March 1690. [1]

Important Dates for the Le roy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Le roy research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1181, 1253, 1261, 1357, 1457, 1503, 1684, 1785, and 1832 are included under the topic Early Le roy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Le roy Spelling Variations

French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from 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 Le roy is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Roys, Roy, Roais, Roays, Roaiz, Roi, Rois, Le Roy, La Roy, Les Roys, Des Roys and many more.

Early Notables of the Le roy family (pre 1700)

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Le roy migration to the United States

In the 1700s, land incentives were finally given out by France to 2,000 migrants. 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, Acadia 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 Le roy were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Le roy were

Le roy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Hugh LeRoy, aged 19, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [2]
  • Etpnoy LeRoy, who landed in Maryland in 1677 [2]
  • Augustyn LeRoy, aged 11, who landed in New York in 1682 [2]
Le roy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jean Leroy, who arrived in Virginia in 1700 [2]
  • Paul Leroy, who arrived in Virginia in 1700 [2]
  • John Leroy, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [2]
  • Pierre LeRoy, who landed in Louisiana in 1718-1724 [2]
  • Victor LeRoy, aged 19, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Le roy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Nicolas Charles Leroy, who arrived in America in 1828 [2]
  • P LeRoy, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • Francois Leroy, aged 25, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 [2]
  • M Leroy, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • Emile Leroy, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1874 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Le roy migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Le roy Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Nicolas Leroy, French settler travelling to Canada to work for Jérôme Le Royer, arriving on 20th April 1644 [3]
  • Jacques LeRoy, who landed in Canada in 1647
  • Simon LeRoy, who landed in Montreal in 1653
  • Jean Leroy, who landed in Montreal in 1659
  • Francoise Bouet LeRoy, who arrived in Montreal in 1659
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Le roy Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Jean-Jacques LeRoy, who arrived in Canada in 1754
  • Adam LeRoy, who arrived in Canada in 1754
  • Mr. R. P. R. LeRoy U.E. who settled in Sissiboo, Nova Scotia c. 1784 listed on the Muster Roll at Gulliver's Hole, St. Mary's Bay and Sissiboo [4]

Le roy migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Le roy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Margaret Leroy, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Egmont" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th June 1858 [5]
  • Mr. Leroy, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship "Tornado" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 [6]
  • Mrs. Leroy, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship "Tornado" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 [6]
  • Mr. Henry Leroy, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship "Tornado" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 [6]
  • Mr. William Leroy, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship "Tornado" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 [6]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Le roy (post 1700)

  • Robert LeRoy (1885-1946), American sliver Olympic medalist for tennis at the 1904 games [7]
  • Mervyn LeRoy (1900-1987), American director, writer and actor
  • Herman LeRoy, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County, 1796-97 [8]
  • Harvey C. LeRoy, American politician, Representative from Wisconsin 6th District, 1974 [8]
  • Edward Webster LeRoy, American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly from Marinette County 1st District; Elected 1902 [8]
  • Edison LeRoy, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 38th District, 1966 [8]
  • Demosthenes C. LeRoy, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Onondaga County 1st District, 1851 [8]
  • David H. Leroy, American Republican politician, Idaho State Attorney General, 1979-83; Lieutenant Governor of Idaho, 1983-87; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Idaho, 1988 [8]
  • Daniel LeRoy, American politician, U.S. Consul in Rome, 1856-58 [8]
  • Daniel LeRoy (1775-1858), American politician, U.S. Attorney for Michigan, 1826-34; Member Michigan Territorial Council from Oakland County, 1830-31; Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1836; Michigan State Attorney General, 1836-37 [8]
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Le roy family

RMS Titanic
  • Miss Berthe Leroy, aged 27, American First Class passenger from Minneapolis, Minnesota who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 2 [9]

Citations

  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ Athletes - Famous Olympic Athletes, Medalists, Sports Heroes. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Robert LeRoy. Retrieved from http://www.olympic.org/content/olympic-athletes/generic-athlete-page/?athleteid=57460
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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