Rodrigue History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Rodrigue family

The surname Rodrigue 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 Rodrigue family

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Rodrigue Spelling Variations

French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Rodrigue is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Rodrigue, Roderigue, Rodrigues, Roderigues and many more.

Early Notables of the Rodrigue 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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Rodrigue World Ranking

In the United States, the name Rodrigue is the 3,775th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [2] However, in Canada, the name Rodrigue is ranked the 536th most popular surname with an estimated 9,206 people with that name. [3] And in Quebec, Canada, the name Rodrigue is the 189th popular surname. [4] France ranks Rodrigue as 7,623rd with 1,000 - 1,500 people. [5]


United States Rodrigue migration to the United States +

By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Since immigration was slow, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. 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 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Rodrigue has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Rodrigue were

Rodrigue Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Prudence Rodrigue, aged 31, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1785 [6]
Rodrigue Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jose Rodrigue, aged 28, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1841 [6]

Canada Rodrigue migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rodrigue Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Jean Rodrigue, who married in Quebec in 1671
  • Jean Rodrigue, son of Jean and Suzanne, who married Anne Le Roy, daughter of François and Anne, in Quebec on 28th October 1671 [7]
  • Suzanne Rodrigue married in Quebec in 1691
  • Marie Rodrigue married in Quebec in 1692
  • Suzanne Rodrigue married in Quebec in 1699
Rodrigue Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • René Rodrigue, son of Jean and Anne, who married Élisabeth Dauphin, daughter of René and Suzanne, in Beauport, Quebec on 22nd November 1703 [7]
  • Vincent Rodrigue, son of Jean and Anne, who married Angélique Giroux, daughter of Toussaint and Thérèse, in Beauport, Quebec on 11th January 1707 [7]
  • Vincent Rodrigue married in Beauport, Quebec in 1707
  • Jacques Rodrigue married in Bernard-de-la-Rivière, Quebec in 1718
  • Louis Rodrigue married in Beauport, Quebec in 1738
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Contemporary Notables of the name Rodrigue (post 1700) +

  • George Rodrigue (1944-2013), American Cajun artist
  • E. J. Rodrigue, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1912, 1916, 1936, 1940, 1944 [8]
  • Benjamin Olinde Rodrigue (1795-1851), French banker, mathematician, and social reformer
  • João Barbosa Rodrigue (1842-1909), Brazilian botanist and engineer
  • Nelson Falcão Rodrigue (1912-1980), Brazilian playwright and journalist
  • Michel Rodrigue, Franco-Belgian comics artist
  • Rodrigue Gabriel "Rod" Gilbert (1941-2021), Canadian professional ice hockey forward who played his entire career for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL)
  • Rodrigue Tremblay (b. 1939), Canadian economist, humanist and politician
  • Rodrigue Bourdages (1923-1997), Canadian politician and contractor from Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Rodrigue Gignac, writer, and author of the novels "Suite..." and "Opale"


Suggested Readings for the name Rodrigue +

  • Descendants of Jean Rodrigue and Anne LeRoy of Portugal, Canada, U.S.A. (Louisiana) by Wilma Boudreaux.

  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ https://forebears.io/surnames/
  4. ^ https://statistique.quebec.ca/fr/document/noms-de-famille-au-quebec/tableau/les-1-000-premiers-noms-de-famille-selon-le-rang-quebec
  5. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 5) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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