In the original French it is spelled “de la Rue”; today it is also often spelled as one word in English-speaking countries.Other alternative spellings found include “De La Rew”, “De La Roux” and ”De La Reu”.(In some countries, prefixes like “de la” are sometimes ignored.) The name appears in France, and has also been on the Channel Islands (particularly Guernsey) for some time.There are suggestions that the name may have either noble or Huguenot associations, and that it arrived in England from France as early as the late 11th century.Richard also wrote: “A few years ago , La Société Guernesiaise assisted University College London (UCL) and the BBC in a project called ‘The Blood of the Vikings’ in which they traced the reach of the Vikings according to the DNA in each long lived family in Guernsey.(It made pretty dull TV.) The Viking gene shows up as a particular type of the male chromosome and they tested this against one representative of each old Guernsey family.
All very tenuous I know, but when people ask me how long I have lived in Guernsey, I like the romance of replying that I’ve been here for 800 years!
He left his wife and four children in England; Mary Ann was expecting the fifth (Elizabeth). Joseph was my great-great-great-grandfather – his daughter Edith married Robert Betts, and their daughter Sarah married James De La Rue, my great-grandfather.
There are many variations on the spelling of his surname – it was spelt “Thorogood” on ship’s records, but also appears as “Thoroughgood”, “Thurgood”, “Thurrowgood” and others.
, of Leicestershire and Surrey, England, who arrived at Point Henry, Port Phillip District, NSW (now part of Geelong, Victoria), Australia on .
They arrived with eight children as assisted migrants on the (570t, Master J.