From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Roseau family. Originally, the French people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames
were adopted in France is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname
surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Roseau is a nickname
type of surname for a person with red hair or a ruddy complexion. Tracing the origin of the name further, we found the name Roseau was originally derived from the Old French word "rous," meaning "red."
Early Origins of the Roseau family
The surname Roseau was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where the family held a family seat
since ancient times.
Early History of the Roseau family
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Roseau Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Rousseau, Rouseau, Rosseau, Rouseault, Roussault, Rouseult, Rosault, Rosseault, Rousult, DeRousseau, Derousseau, de Rousseau, De Rousault, de Rousault, Derousult, DeRouseau, de Rouseau, De Rouseau, LeRousseau, le Rousseau, Lerousseau, Aurousseau and many more.
Early Notables of the Roseau family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Roseau family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Pierre Rousseau aged 34 arrived in New Orleans in 1823; Mr. Rousseau arrived in Carolina in 1679 with his wife and 6 children; John Peter Rousseau arrived in Philidelphia in 1803.