Origins Available: French-Alt
From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Rouseau 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 Rouseau 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 Rouseau was originally derived from the Old French word rous, meaning red.
Early Origins of the Rouseau family
The surname Rouseau was first found in Bourgogne, where the family held a family seat
since ancient times.
Early History of the Rouseau family
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Rouseau 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 Rouseau family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rouseau family to the New World and Oceana
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.
The Rouseau Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Non me frustra laedes
Motto Translation: Do not harm me without reason