The name Roelle dates back to the days of Medieval France, in the region of Normandy
. It is derived from their residence in Normandy. However, the name Ruell is derived from the Old French word ruelle, meaning lane or alley, and indicates that the original bearer lived in such a place.
Early Origins of the Roelle family
The surname Roelle was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy
, where this eminent family held a family seat
in the honor of the seigneurie of Launay. This north country family lived almost exclusively in the provinces of Normandy, Brittany
, Picardy, Artois, and Flanders.
Early History of the Roelle family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roelle research.Another 117 words (8 lines of text) covering the year 1785 is included under the topic Early Roelle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Roelle Spelling Variations
Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations
of this name, Roelle some of which are Rueil, Ruel, de Ruel, De Ruel, du Ruel, Du Ruel, Ruell, Ruelle, Ruelles, Desruelles, de Ruell, De Ruell, Rueil, Rueill, Roulier and many more.
Early Notables of the Roelle family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family in this period was Pierre de la Rue (c.1452-1518), a Franco- Flemish
composer and singer of the Renaissance; Pieter de Ruelles (1630-1658), a Dutch Golden Age landscape... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Roelle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Roelle family to the New World and Oceana
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 Roelle 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 Roelle were Pierre Roulier who arrived in Quebec in 1699 from Brittany; Jean Ruell settled in Quebec in 1757 from Normandy; Nicklaus Ruel settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1752.