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

The ancient people of the French province of Anjou were the first to use the name Jetau. Jetau 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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History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations of the name Jetau, some of which include 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 Jetau research. Another 91 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jetau History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Jetau has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Jetau 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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The Jetau Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jetau 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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