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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."

Roseau Early Origins



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.

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Roseau Spelling Variations


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Roseau Spelling Variations



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.

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Roseau Early History


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Roseau Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roseau research. Another 529 words (38 lines of text) covering the years 1728, 1662, 1671, 1871, 1630, 1693, 1671, 1741, 1644 and 1699 are included under the topic Early Roseau History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Roseau Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Roseau Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Roseau Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    2. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
    7. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
    10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Roseau Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Roseau Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 3 March 2014 at 08:38.

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