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Multiple Origins for the Surname Rousseau



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."

Rousseau Early Origins



The surname Rousseau 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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Rousseau Spelling Variations


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Rousseau 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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Rousseau Early History


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Rousseau Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Rousseau Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rousseau Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

Rousseau Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mr. Rousseau, who arrived in Carolina in 1679 with his wife and 6 children

Rousseau Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Theodore Rousseau, who landed in Virginia in 1700 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Charles Joseph Rousseau, who arrived in New York in 1797 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Rousseau Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Peter Rousseau, who arrived in Philidelphia in 1803
  • E. Rousseau aged 40 arrived in New York City in 1823
  • J. Rousseau aged 37 arrived in New Orleans in 1823
  • Pierre Rousseau aged 34 arrived in New Orleans in 1823
  • August Rousseau, aged 4, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1850 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rousseau Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Jacques Rousseau, who landed in Quebec in 1665

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rousseau (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rousseau (post 1700)



  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), French philosopher, writer, and composer, his political philosophy influenced the French Revolution, best known for his Discourse on the Origin of Inequality and On the Social Contract
  • Lovell Harrison Rousseau (1818-1869), American Republican politician, Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1844-45 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Hector J. Rousseau, American Democrat politician, Member of New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Manchester 13th Ward; Elected 1938 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Jeannie Rousseau (1919-2017), French Allied intelligence agent in occupied France during World War II, awarded the Central Intelligence Agency's Agency Seal Medal in 1993
  • Michel Rousseau (1936-2016), French four-time gold medalist cyclist
  • Guillaume Charles Rousseau, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, September 9) Guillaume Rousseau. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  • Pierre Étienne Théodore Rousseau (1812-1867), French painter of the Barbizon school
  • Henri Julien Félix Rousseau (1844-1910), French Post-Impressionist painter
  • Duncan Franklin "Dunc" Rousseau (1945-2017), Canadian professional WHA ice hockey forward
  • André Rousseau, Canadian manager at Bell Canada (1971-1995) and was elected mayor of St. Lin, Québec in 1995
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Rousseau Historic Events


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Rousseau Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Pierre Rousseau (d. 1912), aged 49, English Chef from London, England who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html

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  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, September 9) Guillaume Rousseau. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  4. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html

Other References

  1. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
  2. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
  3. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  11. ...

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.

This page was last modified on 25 October 2017 at 13:00.

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