From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of notable family names, including that of the distinguished Le rue 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 Le rue 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 color red.
Early Origins of the Le rue family
The surname Le rue 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
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Le rue family
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Le rue 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 Le rue family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Le rue family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Le rue Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Shadrick LeRue, who arrived in Maryland in 1815 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)