The name Rueil 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 Rueil family
The surname Rueil 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 Rueil family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rueil research.Another 117 words (8 lines of text) covering the year 1785 is included under the topic Early Rueil History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rueil Spelling Variations
History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations
of the name Rueil, some of which 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 Rueil family (pre 1700)
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... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rueil Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rueil family to the New World and Oceana
France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Rueil has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Rueil were Pierre Roulier who arrived in Quebec in 1699 from Brittany; Jean Ruell settled in Quebec in 1757 from Normandy; Nicklaus Ruel settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1752.