Roux History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Roux family

The surname Roux was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where they held a family seat at Lerous near Rouen in the county of Breteuil, and were descended from Turchil Leroux who lived about 1070. He or his son was known as "Ralph the Red" and stood very high in the favor of King Henry I. Later in 1190 he operated from his castle of Pont-Echanfré near Bernai in the Norman Vexin. He died in the wreck of the "Blanche Nef" with the King's two sons. This main stem of the family were eventually elevated to Barons of the Empire after the Revolution.

Early History of the Roux family

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Roux Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Riou, Rioux, Rieux, Rioult, Roux, Rou, Roue, de Riou and many more.

Early Notables of the Roux family (pre 1700)

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Roux World Ranking

In the United States, the name Roux is the 9,192nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1] However, in Quebec, Canada, the name Roux is ranked the 645th most popular surname. [2] And in France, the name Roux is the 18th popular surname with an estimated 59,440 people with that name. [3] South Africa ranks Roux as 328th with 20,358 people. [4]

United States Roux migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Roux Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jaques Roux, who arrived in Virginia in 1700 [5]
  • Michael Roux, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1700 [5]
  • Timothie Roux, who arrived in Virginia in 1700 [5]
Roux Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francis Roux, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1806 [5]

Canada Roux migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Roux Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Mr. François Roux, French settler travelling to Canada to work for François Peron, arriving on 14th May 1658 [6]
  • Jean Roux, who arrived in Quebec from Saintonge in 1683

New Zealand Roux 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:

Roux Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • F. N. Roux, aged 45, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Seringapatam" in 1856

Contemporary Notables of the name Roux (post 1700) +

  • Jules Roux, American politician, Mayor of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1910-13 [7]
  • George S. Roux, American politician, U.S. Collector of Customs, 1869 [7]
  • Albert Henri Roux OBE (1935-2021), French restaurateur and chef working in Britain who operated Le Gavroche, the first restaurant in the UK to gain three Michelin stars
  • Michel Roux OBE (1941-2020), French chef and restaurateur, founder of the first three Michelin starred restaurant in Britain
  • Ludovic Roux (b. 1979), French former Olympic Nordic combined skier
  • Laëtitia Roux (b. 1985), French World Championship ski mountaineer
  • Frédéric Roux (b. 1973), French goalkeeper
  • Ange-Joseph Antoine Roux (1765-1835), French naval artist
  • Alexander Roux (1813-1886), French-trained cabinetmaker whose sideboard appears in the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Pierre Émile Roux (1853-1933), French bacteriologist
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  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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