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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."

Rosseau Early Origins



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.

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Rosseau Spelling Variations


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Rosseau 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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Rosseau Early History


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Rosseau Early History



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.

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Rosseau Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rosseau Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rosseau 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 were:

Rosseau Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Lewis Peter Godfrey Rosseau, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rosseau (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rosseau (post 1700)



  • David Rosseau, American politician, Representative from New York 13th District, 1892
  • Jacques Rosseau, French gold medalist slalom canoer at the 1949 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    8. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
    9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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    The Rosseau Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rosseau 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 9 March 2016 at 13:23.

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