The name Ruell 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 Ruell family
The surname Ruell 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 Ruell family
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Ruell Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name Ruell 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 Ruell 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 Ruell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ruell family to the New World and Oceana
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 the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. In 1793, the remaining French in these provinces came under British rule. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Ruell were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Ruell were
Ruell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Ruell, who settled in New Orleans La. in 1821
Ruell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Jean Ruell, who settled in Quebec in 1757 from Normandy
Contemporary Notables of the name Ruell (post 1700)
- Aaron Ruell (b. 1976), American Teen Choice Award nominated actor, director and writer, best known for his roles in Napoleon Dynamite (2004) and On the Road with Judas (2007)