Rioux History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Rioux family

The surname Rioux 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 Rioux family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rioux research. Another 72 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rioux History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rioux 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 Rioux family (pre 1700)

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United States Rioux migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rioux Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Claude Rioux, who settled in Louisiana in 1719
  • Claude Rioux, aged 22, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 [1]

Canada Rioux migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rioux Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Jean Rioux, who settled in Quebec from Brittany in 1677

Contemporary Notables of the name Rioux (post 1700) +

  • Johnny Rioux, Boston-based musician
  • Napoléon Rioux (1837-1899), Canadian seigneur, merchant and politician in Quebec who represented Témiscouata in the Legislative Assembly of Quebec from 1892 to 1897
  • Matthias Rioux (b. 1934), Canadian politician who represented Matane in the National Assembly of Quebec from 1994 to 2003
  • Georges Rioux, Canadian diplomat
  • Jean Rioux (b. 1953), Canadian educator, businessman and politician in Quebec who represented Iberville in the Quebec National Assembly from 2003 to 2007
  • Laurent Rioux (b. 1943), Canadian NASCAR driver
  • Gerry Rioux (b. 1959), Canadian NHL ice hockey player with the Winnipeg Jets (1979-1980)
  • Pierre Rioux (b. 1962), Canadian retired NHL ice hockey player for the Calgary Flames


  1. ^ 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)


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