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Where did the French Lerousseau family come from? What is the French Lerousseau family crest and coat of arms? When did the Lerousseau family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Lerousseau family history?

From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Lerousseau family. Originally, the French people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in France is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Lerousseau is a nickname type of surname for a person with red hair or a ruddy complexion. Tracing the origin of the name further, we found the name Lerousseau was originally derived from the Old French word rous, meaning red.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Rousseau, Rouseau, Rosseau, Rouseault, Roussault, Rouseult, Rosault, Rosseault, Rousult, DeRousseau, Derousseau, de Rousseau, De Rousault, de Rousault, Derousult, DeRouseau, de Rouseau, De Rouseau, LeRousseau, le Rousseau, Lerousseau, Aurousseau and many more.

First found in Bourgogne, where the family held a family seat since ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lerousseau research. Another 529 words(38 lines of text) covering the years 1662, 1671, 1728, and 1871 are included under the topic Early Lerousseau History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Lerousseau Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lerousseau Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century


  • Jean LeRousseau, who landed in Canada in 1644

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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: Non me frustra laedes
Motto Translation: Do not harm me without reason

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The Lerousseau Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lerousseau Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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