The name Ruelles 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 Ruelles family
The surname Ruelles 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 Ruelles family
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Ruelles Spelling Variations
The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local
dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Ruelles is distinguished by a number of regional variations. 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 Ruelles 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 Ruelles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ruelles family to the New World and Oceana
Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. 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. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Ruelles has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Ruelles were
Ruelles Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- G. Ruelles, who settled in New York State in 1821