Show ContentsRue History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Rue dates back to the days of Medieval France, in the region of Normandy. It is derived from their residence in Normandy. However, the name Ruell is derived from the Old French word ruelle, meaning lane or alley, and indicates that the original bearer lived in such a place.

Early Origins of the Rue family

The surname Rue was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where this eminent family held a family seat in the honor of the seigneurie of Launay. This north country family lived almost exclusively in the provinces of Normandy, Brittany, Picardy, Artois, and Flanders.

Early History of the Rue family

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Rue Spelling Variations

There were a great number of spelling variations in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. The many spelling variations of the name include Rueil, Ruel, de Ruel, De Ruel, du Ruel, Du Ruel, Ruell, Ruelle, Ruelles, Desruelles, de Ruell, De Ruell, Rueil, Rueill, Roulier and many more.

Early Notables of the Rue family

Notable amongst the family in this period was

  • Pierre de la Rue (c.1452-1518), a Franco-Flemish composer and singer of the Renaissance; Pieter de Ruelles (1630-1658), a Dutch Golden Age landscape painter who died young; and Charles de La Rue (1643...
  • Juan de Roelas, de las Roelas or Ruela (c. 1570-1625) born in Flanders, he spent his entire documented career in Spain. He was a pivotal artist in the evolution of the history of painting in Seville

Rue Ranking

In the United States, the name Rue is the 5,767th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Rue is ranked the 8,809th most popular surname with an estimated 500 - 1,000 people with that name. [2]

United States Rue migration to the United States +

In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec, in 1663 there were only 500, 2,000 migrants arrived during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many distinguished contributions have been made by members of this family name Rue. It has been prominent in the arts, religion, politics and culture in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Rue were

Rue Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Rue, who arrived in Maryland in 1671 [3]
Rue Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Rue, aged 35, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1825 [3]
  • Alex Rue, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]
  • Matihde Rue, aged 29, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1859 [3]
  • Francis Rue, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
  • Ingeborg Rue, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1895
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Rue Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Clara Rue, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Jeanne Rue, aged 34, who immigrated to the United States from Hericourt, France, in 1909
  • Emile Rue, aged 11, who landed in America from Hericourt, France, in 1909
  • Harvey Rue, aged 58, who immigrated to America, in 1910
  • Blanche Rue, aged 53, who immigrated to the United States, in 1910
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Canada Rue migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rue Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Abraham Rue U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 379 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [4]

Australia Rue migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Rue Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Rue, British Convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Commodore Hayes" in April 1823, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Rue (post 1700) +

  • Sara Rue (b. 1979), born Sara Schlackman, an American television actress
  • La Rue Peck, American politician, U.S. Consul in Fort Erie, 1884 [6]
  • Rue McClanahan (1934-2010), American Emmy Award winning actress, best known for her work in Maude and the Golden Girls
  • Rue P. Melching, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1944, 1948 [7]

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