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Rougeau Coat of Arms / Rougeau Family Crest

This surname of ROUGEAU is a French topographic name for someone who lived on a track or pathway. The name was derived from the Old French word RUE, and rendered in ancient documents in the Latin form RUGA. Other spellings of the name include ROUGET, LEROUGE, ROUGE, ROIG, ROUGEAUX, ROUGEOT and ROUJON. Habitation names were originally acquired by the original bearer of the name, who, having lived by, at or near a place, would then take that name as a form of identification for himself and his family. When people lived close to the soil as they did in the Middle Ages, they were acutely conscious of every local variation in landscape and countryside. Every field or plot of land was identified in normal conversation by a descriptive term. If a man lived on or near a hill or mountain, or by a river or stream, forests and trees, he might receive the word as a family name. Almost every town, city or village in early times, has served to name many families. French, or rather Norman French, was the language of the aristocracy and the upper classes in England at the time fixed surnames were being developed, it is therefore not surprising that many of our well-known family names are derived from French words. Originally only Christian or personal names were used, and although a few came into being during the 10th century, surnames were not widely used until much later, when people began to realize the prestige of having a second name. A notable member of the name was Claude Joseph de Lisle ROUGET (1760-1836) the French army officer, born in Lons-le-Saunier, France. He wrote and composed 'The Marseillaise' when stationed in 1792 as captain of the engineers at Strasbourg. Its original name was 'Chant de guerre de l'Armee de Rhin', (War Song of the Rhine Army), but it became known in Paris when it was sung by volunteers from Marseilles during the French Revolution. The lion depicted in the arms is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour.

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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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