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Riou History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Early Origins of the Riou family


The surname Riou was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where they held a family seat at Lerous near Rouen in the county of Breteuil, and were descended from Turchil Leroux who lived about 1070. He or his son was known as "Ralph the Red" and stood very high in the favor of King Henry I. Later in 1190 he operated from his castle of Pont-Echanfré near Bernai in the Norman Vexin. He died in the wreck of the "Blanche Nef" with the King's two sons. This main stem of the family were eventually elevated to Barons of the Empire after the Revolution.

Early History of the Riou family


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Riou Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Riou, Rioux, Rieux, Rioult, Roux, Rou, Roue, de Riou and many more.

Early Notables of the Riou family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Riou family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jean Rioux settled in Quebec from Brittany in 1677; Claude Rioux settled in Louisiana in 1719; Jean Roux arrived in Quebec from Saintonge in 1683; near Bordeaux, which might have been the embarkation point rather than his home province..

Contemporary Notables of the name Riou (post 1700)


  • Rudy Riou (b. 1980), French footballer
  • Rémy Riou (b. 1987), French footballer
  • Édouard Riou (1833-1900), French painter and illustrator of books by Jules Verne
  • Captian Edward Riou (1762-1801), British Royal Navy officer

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