Lereau 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 Lereau 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 Lereau 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 Lereau family

The surname Lereau 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. [1]

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." [2]

Early History of the Lereau family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lereau research. Another 301 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1372, 1389, 1404, 1429, 1555, 1631, 1668, 1788, 1814, and 1829 are included under the topic Early Lereau History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lereau 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 Lereau family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Lereau Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Canada Lereau migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lereau Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Simon Lereau, son of René and Marguerite, who married Suzanne Jaroussel, daughter of Pierre and Jacquette, in Quebec on 27th November 1655 [3]
  • Pierre Lereau, son of Simon and Suzanne, who married Marguerite Badeau, daughter of Jean and Marguerite, in Quebec on 7th February 1689 [3]
  • Pierre Lereau, son of Hély and Marie, who married Marie Courtois, daughter of Bertrand and Marie, in Charlesbourg, Quebec on 21st May 1694 [3]
  • Sixte Lereau, son of Simon and Suzanne, who married Reine De Blois, daughter of Grégoire and Françoise, in Sainte-Famille, Quebec on 15th February 1694 [3]
Lereau Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Joseph-François Lereau, son of Pierre and Marguerite, who married Marie-Catherine Augé, daughter of Louis and Antoinette, in Lotbinière, Quebec on 18th January 1734 [3]
  • Antoine Lereau, son of Pierre-Charles and Marie-Jeanne-Louise, who married Marie Gautier, daughter of Joseph and Clémence, in Terrebonne, Quebec on 8th November 1735 [3]
  • Charles-François Lereau, son of Pierre-Charles and Marie, who married Marie-Louise Coté, daughter of Jean and Marie-Anne, in Quebec on 4th July 1740 [3]
  • Charles Lereau, son of Pierre and Marie, who married Marie-Louise Falardeau, daughter of Jean and Marie, in Lorette, Quebec on 11th January 1751 [3]
  • Joseph Lereau, son of Simon and Marguerite, who married Louise Émond, daughter of Michel and Agathe, in Saint-François-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Quebec on 4th November 1755 [3]

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.

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