Leroux 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 Leroux 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 Leroux 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 Leroux family

The surname Leroux 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 Leroux family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leroux 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 Leroux History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Leroux 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 Leroux family (pre 1700)

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United States Leroux migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Leroux Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jacques LeRoux, who landed in New Jersey in 1678 [3]
  • Jacob Leroux who settled in Antigua in 1679
  • Abraham LeRoux, who landed in America in 1680 [3]
  • Abraham LeRoux, who arrived in New York in 1680 [3]
  • Pierre LeRoux who settled in New York with his wife and children in 1683
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Leroux Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Rene LeRoux, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1785 [3]
Leroux Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • A. Leroux, aged 36, who settled in New Orleans in 1823
  • C. F. LeRoux who settled in New York in 1823
  • P. LeRoux who settled in New York in 1823
  • Joseph LeRoux, who landed in Mississippi in 1832 [3]
  • Mr. Leroux, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Leroux migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Leroux Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Martin Leroux, (b. 1591), aged 52, French settler travelling to Canada for work arriving on 6th April 1643 [4]
  • Jean Leroux, aged 1, who arrived in Montreal in 1659
  • François Leroux, son of Jean and Jeanne, who married Marie Renaud, daughter of Jean and Catherine, in Quebec on 25th October 1668 [5]
  • Hubert Leroux, son of Hubert and Madeleine, who married Marie-Anne Fannexeke, daughter of Christian and Catherine, in Montreal, Quebec on 20th November 1673 [5]
  • Ignace Leroux, son of François and Marie, who married Anne Bouré, daughter of Gilles and Marie, in Charlesbourg, Quebec on 18th May 1692 [5]
Leroux Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Jean Leroux, son of Hubert and Marie-Anne, who married Louise Chaussé, daughter of Pierre and Marie-Madeleine, in Montreal, Quebec on 13th February 1702 [5]
  • Louis Leroux, son of Louis and Marie, who married Catherine-Madeleine Boivin, daughter of Jacques and Marguerite, in Montreal, Quebec on 3rd February 1704 [5]
  • Germain Leroux, son of Ignace and Marie-Anne, who married Marie-Anne Pépin, daughter of Jean and Renée, in Montreal, Quebec on 28th February 1724 [5]
  • Louis-Charles Leroux, son of Ignace and Marie-Anne, who married Marie-Anne Fournier, daughter of Michel and Marie-Catherine, in Charlesbourg, Quebec on 3rd February 1728 [5]
  • René Leroux, son of Ignace and Marie-Anne, who married Marie Dubaut, daughter of Jacques and Catherine, in Quebec on 12th September 1731 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Leroux 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:

Leroux Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • W Leroux, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1844

Contemporary Notables of the name Leroux (post 1700) +

  • Edward Guy "Buddy" Leroux (1930-2008), American businessman and a club owner in Major League Baseball
  • Howard M. Leroux (b. 1933), American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 9th District, 1978 [6]
  • Daniel Leroux, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for California, 2012 [6]
  • Hervé L Leroux (1957-2017), French fashion designer and founder of the Hervé Leger fashion house
  • Pierre Leroux (1942-2008), French mathematician
  • Xavier Henry Napoleón Leroux (1863-1919), French composer of operas
  • Gaston Louis Alfred Leroux (1868-1927), French journalist and author of detective fiction best known for writing the novel The Phantom of the Opera
  • François Le Roux (b. 1955), French leading baritone, considered the finest interpreter of Debussy's role of Pélleas in his time
  • Maurice Leroux (1923-1992), French composer and conductor
  • Marcel Leroux (1938-2008), French climatologist
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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. ^ 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)
  4. ^ 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/
  5. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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