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December 7, 2017

Surnames A-Z: R

There's a new meme going around Facebook right now. Genealogists are listing their mother's maiden name, father's surname, maternal and paternal grandparents' surnames and a few more generations back.

It's a cute idea but I don't think it's wise to be providing such detail, especially your mother's maiden name, as it is often the secret question asked on sites where you require a password to log in.

So I'm revising the meme to suit me and I hope others will follow suit, either here as a comment on Olive Tree Genealogy blog, or on their own blog.

Over the coming weeks I'll be listing my surnames starting with "A" and going through the alphabet until I reach "Z".

I'll preface this with a caveat - most surnames are more common than you might think, so sharing a surname doesn't mean we're related. To be completely useful any surname list should have a geographic location and a time period. But this is just a fun little exercise and if you spot a name of interest, just let me know and we'll compare dates and locations.

R SURNAMES: Rabbit, Rainer/Rayner, Ralph, Rolfe, Roos, Rottmer, Roy, Ruys, Ryckman

Join me - maybe we connect! Find previous surnames on Surnames A-Z



Are your Roy family lines from Quebec, New France?? I descend from Marie Roy, wife of Andre Merlot/ later Marleau, via their son Francois Merlot, born about 1690...
They were married 21 Nov 1678, L'eglise de Saintes-Anges-de-Lachine, Lachine, Quebec, New France.KMC

Lorine McGinnis Schulze said...

I am descended from Simeon Le Roy-dit-Audy and his wife Claude Des Chalets. They had 11 children but I have not researched all of them so am not sure if your Marie fits in with my line.

You can see a brief outline at

Doris Waggoner said...


Marcy Belles said...

Have one surname that is similar - Roosa. Others are on my blog:

Lorine McGinnis Schulze said...

Doris we share Ryckman of course :-) I am from Harmen Janse and am working on a book about the family in New Netherland

Marcy == Roosa is not my direct but yes from New Netherland (Aldert Heymense Roosa)