The history of the name Richeaux 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 Richeaux 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 Richeaux family
The surname Richeaux 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 Richeaux family
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Richeaux Spelling Variations
Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations
of this name, Richeaux some of which are Richard, Richeau, de Richard, De Richard, de la Richard, Richaud, Richart and many more.
Early Notables of the Richeaux family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Richeaux family to the New World and Oceana
In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Richeaux has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Richeaux 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 Richeaux 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