The history of the name Richeau goes back the Medieval period to a region known as Britanny. Such a French name was given to a person know for his bravery. The name Richeau is derived from the Germanic personal name
Richard, which is composed of the elements ric, meaning powerful, and hard, meaning brave or strong.
Early Origins of the Richeau family
The surname Richeau was first found in Brittany
where they held a family seat
in the honor of Kerjean, a seigneurie which would ultimately become noblesse as Barons of the Empire.
Early History of the Richeau family
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Richeau Spelling Variations
Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations
of the name Richeau, including Richard, Richeau, de Richard, De Richard, de la Richard, Richaud, Richart and many more.
Early Notables of the Richeau family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Richeau family to the New World and Oceana
France finally gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the 1700s. 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, the Acadians 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 Richeau were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Richeau were Marin Richard arrived in Quebec from Normandy
in 1669; Jean Richard arrived in Quebec from Anjou
in 1700; Francois (1710), Francois (1747), and Michel (1746) arrived in Quebec from Brittany.
The Richeau Motto
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 Translation: Love