Origins Available: French-Alt
From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Rosseau 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 Rosseau 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 Rosseau was originally derived from the Old French word "rous," meaning "red."
Early Origins of the Rosseau family
The surname Rosseau 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 Rosseau family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rosseau 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 Rosseau History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rosseau 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 Rosseau family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rosseau family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Rosseau Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Lewis Peter Godfrey Rosseau, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Rosseau Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Fernand Rosseau, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1907
- Leonard Rosseau, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1909
- Percival L. Rosseau, who emigrated to the United States, in 1912
- Nancy Rosseau, aged 39, who landed in America, in 1916
- H. Ewing Rosseau, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States, in 1920
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Contemporary Notables of the name Rosseau (post 1700)
- Gail Linskey Rosseau (b. 1956), American physician, Director of skull base surgery of NorthShore University HealthSystem
- David Rosseau, American politician, Representative from New York 13th District, 1892 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Jacques Rosseau, French gold medalist slalom canoer at the 1949 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships