Rouget History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Similar to many French family names, the distinguished surname Rouget is a proud sign of a rich and ancient ancestry. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in France were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. As well as the names of the saints of the Christian Church, many of the most common French surnames are derived from personal names of Germanic origin. They derive from the language of the Visigoths, who controlled France between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries. The family name Roget is derived from the popular Old French given name Rogier, meaning famous spear.

Early Origins of the Rouget family

The surname Rouget was first found in Savoy (French: Savoie) in the Rhône-Alpes region of the French Alps, where the family has held a family seat since very early times.

Throughout the centuries this ancient family expanded, developed and grew in size and influence. Noble François Roget was awarded the title of Lord of Fesson in recognition of the large contribution to his region and had his nobility confirmed and recorded in 1620. The family moved and eventually branched out to Annecy.

Nobles among this acclaimed family were François Roget and Mathieu Roget who lived in Annecy in 1622. As reward for his extensive involvement in the social, political and cultural affairs of his community, Jacques Philibert was created Lord of Chollex and was mentioned in 1700. Among the famous members of this ancient family was Louis, Lord of Andruéjols and of Roziers. Through his marriage with Isabelle de La Fagette, heiress of the house of La Fagette, the family acquired wealth and fame.

Due to their great influence and participation in the affairs of Gévaudan, descendants of this ancient family were granted titles such as Lords of La Fagette and had their nobility confirmed and recorded till the end of the 17th century.

Early History of the Rouget family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rouget research. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1259, 1642, 1715, 1665, 1722, 1550, 1617 and 1624 are included under the topic Early Rouget History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rouget Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Roget, Roger, Rogier, Rogey, Rogay, Rogger, Rauget, Rauger, Raugey and many more.

Early Notables of the Rouget family (pre 1700)

Notable in the family name at this time was François Roger de Gaignières (1642-1715), French genealogist, antiquary and collector; Estienne Roger (1665-1722), a French printer and publisher who worked in the Netherlands; and Louis de...
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Rouget Ranking

In France, the name Rouget is the 3,327th most popular surname with an estimated 2,000 - 2,500 people with that name. [1]


New Zealand Rouget migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Rouget Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Henry Rouget, aged 21, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Rouget (post 1700) +

  • Noëlla Rouget (1919-2020), French Resistance member and teacher
  • Claude Pierre Rouget, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [2]
  • Charles Marie Benjamin Rouget (1824-1904), French physiologist
  • Jean Rouget (b. 1916), French field hockey player at the 1936 and 1948 Summer Olympics
  • Jean-Claude Rouget (b. 1953), French Thoroughbred horse trainer and former jockey
  • Georges Rouget (1781-1869), neoclassical French painter
  • Julio José Iglesias Rouget (b. 1972), Spanish retired football goalkeeper
  • Marie Rouget Noel (1883-1968), French poetess


  1. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  2. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, September 9) Claude Rouget. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html


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