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Where did the French Rousseau family come from? What is the French Rousseau family crest and coat of arms? When did the Rousseau family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Rousseau family history?From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Rousseau 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 Rousseau 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 Rousseau was originally derived from the Old French word "rous," meaning "red."
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.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rousseau 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 Rousseau History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 61 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rousseau Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Rousseau Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Rousseau Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Rousseau Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Rousseau Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
The Rousseau Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rousseau 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.
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