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From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of notable family names, including that of the distinguished Rousset family. Originally, the people in this region went by one (personal) name. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. These names then began to become "fixed" or hereditary between the generations. One of the types of names adopted as surnames were those derived from nicknames. Nicknames, or "eke-names," were an added name that generally reflected some physical characteristics or other attribute of the person that used the name. The Rousset surname derives from the Old French word "rous," meaning "red," or "red-haired;" and as such was a nickname for someone with red hair, or perhaps for a person with a ruddy or reddish complexion, or who dressed habitually in the color red.

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The surname Rousset was first found in Périgord, where this impressive family held a family seat since ancient times. Another branch of the family held lands near Rouen in Normandy since 1165. Ralph le Roux was sent in 1119 by Henry I to the aid of Ralph de Guader and in 1120 was one of the nobles who died with Prince Henry in the Blanche. The English line descends from Turchil Rufus or Le Rous, who landed in England in 1066 and held lands in Norfolk. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
A later English branch was found at Imber in Wiltshire. "The church [of Imber] is an ancient structure, in the early and decorated English styles, with some relics of Norman detail, and contains two monuments with the recumbent effigies of Knights Templars of the family of Le Rouse, chamberlains to Henry II. and Edward III." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Leroux, Lerout, Lerou, Leroulx, Leroud, Lerous, de Roux, Lerou, Laroux, La Roux, La Rou, La Rous and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rousset research. Another 601 words (43 lines of text) covering the years 1372, 1389, 1404, 1429, 1555, 1631, 1668, 1788, 1814, and 1829 are included under the topic Early Rousset History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rousset Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rousset Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jean Rousset, who arrived in Virginia in 1700

Rousset Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Felicen Rousset, aged 24, landed in New York in 1804
  • Claude Rousset, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1809
  • Enrique Rousset, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1889
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  • Paul-Marie François Rousset (1921-2016), Ist. del Prado, a French prelate of the Roman Catholic Church
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Citations



  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  2. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  3. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
  6. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
  7. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
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The Rousset Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rousset 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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