Rossignol History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Rossignol is an ancient French name that was given to a Languedoc person who was a person with a pleasant singing voice having derived from the Old French word rossinhol, meaning "nightingale."

Early Origins of the Rossignol family

The surname Rossignol was first found in Languedoc, where this illustrious family held a family seat since ancient times. The family has a long history as cryptographers and cryptanalysts, and from 1406, the word rossignol has served as the French term for "skeleton key."

Early History of the Rossignol family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rossignol research. Another 282 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1314, 1317, 1386, 1469, 1627, and 1662 are included under the topic Early Rossignol History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rossignol Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Roussignhol, Roussignol, Roussinhol, Rossignol, Rousinole, Roussinol, Roussinole, Rousignol, Rousignhol, Rossinghol, Roussinole and many more.

Early Notables of the Rossignol family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was the Rossignols, a family of French cryptographers and cryptanalysts. Antoine Rossignol (1600-1682), then a 26-year-old mathematician, had a local reputation for his interest in cryptography. When Henri II of Bourbon, Prince de Condé laid siege to the Huguenot city of Réalmont in 1626, he quickly broke a coded letter leaving the city pleading for more ammunition. The following day, a clear text version of the letter was presented to the commander of Réalmont with a demand for surrender. He quickly complied. Louis XIII's chief...
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United States Rossignol migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rossignol Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Paul Rossignol, who settled in Georgia in 1785
Rossignol Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Berthe Rossignol, aged 18, who settled in America from Paris, in 1894
Rossignol Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Octave Rossignol, aged 25, who landed in America from Paris, in 1905
  • Gaston Rossignol, aged 18, who settled in America from Caylus, France, in 1910
  • Pierre Rossignol, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States from Lyon, France, in 1919
  • Fernand Rossignol, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States from Paris, France, in 1919
  • Marie Louise Rossignol, aged 20, who immigrated to America from Lyon, France, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Rossignol migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rossignol Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Salmon Rossignol, aged 53, who immigrated to Quebec, Canada, in 1923

Contemporary Notables of the name Rossignol (post 1700) +

  • Paul Rossignol, American 2nd Superintendent of the Dahlonega Mint (1841-1843)
  • Jean-François Rossignol (b. 1943), French-born, American scientist, a medicinal chemist and a physician, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath) and Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom
  • Claude Rossignol, French actor, known for The Big Softie (1967), The Blonde from Peking and Belle and Sebastian (1965)
  • Jules Rossignol, French Olympic fencer at the 1900 Summer Olympics
  • Abel Rossignol (1882-1954), French founder of the oldest surviving brand name in skiing in 1907, known today as Skis Rossignol S.A., or simply Rossignol
  • André Rossignol, French racing driver, the first driver to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice (1925 and 1926)
  • Jean Antoine Rossignol (1759-1802), French general of the French Revolutionary Wars
  • Michelle Rossignol OC, CQ (1940-2020), Canadian film actress, known for her work on Il était une fois dans l'est (1974), Suzanne (1980) and Poussière sur la ville (1968)
  • Robert Le Rossignol (1884-1976), British chemist, known for his work with Fritz Haber on the fixation of nitrogen from atmospheric air which became known as the Haber process
  • James Edward Le Rossignol (1866-1959), French Canadian Professor of Economics at the University of Denver in 1907
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


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