Roderigues History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Roderigues family

The surname Roderigues 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 Roderigues family

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Roderigues Spelling Variations

Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations of the name Roderigues, including Rodrigue, Roderigue, Rodrigues, Roderigues and many more.

Early Notables of the Roderigues 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 Roderigues family

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 Roderigues 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 Roderigues 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