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

The Paquet surname comes from the personal name Pasquet, which was a form of Pascal. The Old French word "pacquet," meant a "bundle of kindling;" thus in some instances, the name may have originally been an occupational name for a gatherer or seller of firewood or kindling.

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Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations of the name Paquet, including Pasquet, Paquet, Paquett, Paquette, Paquitt, Pacquet, Pacquett, Pacquette, Paquit, Paquitte, Paquotte, Paquott, Paquot, Pasquiet, Passaquet, Passquet and many more.

First found in Limousin where they held a family seat in the seigneurie of Salaignac, and were members of the distinguished aristocracy of that region.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Paquet research. Another 122 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1529, 1615, 1708, 1767, 1770, 1819, 1844, and 1862 are included under the topic Early Paquet History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 79 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Paquet 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 Paquet 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 Paquet were

Paquet Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Jacques Paquet, aged 30, landed in Louisiana in 1719

Paquet Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Anton Paquet settled in Philadelphia in 1848

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  • Philippe Paquet, French former jockey who was a winner of the Prix du Jockey Club in France on Caracolero in 1974
  • Eugène Paquet, Canadian parliamentarian
  • Jean-Guy Paquet (b. 1938), Canadian scientist, businessman, and former rector of Université Laval
  • Gérard Paquet, Dental Surgeon, Paris, France


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The Paquet Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Paquet 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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