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Where did the French Geter family come from? What is the French Geter family crest and coat of arms? When did the Geter family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Geter family history?

The ancient people of the French province of Anjou were the first to use the name Geter. Geter was derived from the male given name of Yehuda or Judah, which was the Biblical name of Jacob's eldest son.

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Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations of the name Geter, including Jetté, Jeté, Jettet, Jetet, Jetter, Jeter, Jettot, Jetot, Jettau, Jetau, Jettaud, Jetaud, Jettaut, Jetaut, Jettaux, Jetaux, Jettauld, Jetauld, Jettault, Jetault, Jettaulx, Jetaulx, Jetteau, Jeteau, Jetteaux, Jeteaux, Jettat, Jetat, Jettas, Jetas, Jettard, Jetard, Jetton, Jeton, Jettin and many more.

First found in Anjou, a former county, duchy and province centred on the city of Angers in the lower Loire Valley of western France. The first records of the were found in a village in the department of Maine-et-Loire, in the canton and district of Barepéau.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Geter research. Another 91 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Geter History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Geter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Since immigration was slow, 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 Geter 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 Geter were Nicolas Jetté, who married Catherine Giard in Montreal in 1690; Joseph Jetté, who married Louis Bouchard in Montreal in 1721; Nicolas Jetté, who married Catherine Richard in Longue-Pointe in 1728.

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  2. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
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  10. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
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The Geter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Geter Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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