Roderigue History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Brittany is the region of ancient France from which the name Roderigue was derived. It comes from when the family lived in Brittany.

Early Origins of the Roderigue family

The surname Roderigue was first found in Brittany (French: Bretagne).

Jean Rodrigue, son of Jean and Suzanne (née Lacroix) of Lisbon, Portugal, travelled to Quebec in the 17th century. He married Anne Le Roy on 28th October 1671. [1]

Early History of the Roderigue family

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Roderigue Spelling Variations

History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations of the name Roderigue, some of which include Rodrigue, Roderigue, Rodrigues, Roderigues and many more.

Early Notables of the Roderigue family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst this name at this time was Jean-Ignace de Roderigue, who was a Jesuit scholar born in 1697 in Malmedy, near Aix-la-Chapelle. In 1717 he entered the Company of Jesus, to which he was faithful for eight years. After having travelled, he settled...
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Migration of the Roderigue family

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 Roderigue were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Roderigue were 160 individuals who arrived from France onto Canadian shores between 1600 and 1900. Most came during the nineteenth century, but some immigrated earlier, such as Jean Rodrigue, who married in Quebec in 1671.

  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print on Facebook