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

The Paquette 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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The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Paquette is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include 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 Paquette 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 Paquette 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 Paquette Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, 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 Paquette 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 Paquette were

Paquette Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Marie Paquette, aged 32, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Paul Paquette, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Raymond Paquette, aged 18, who emigrated to America, in 1919
  • Emmanuel Paquette, aged 33, who landed in America from Paris, France, in 1919
  • Joaquim Paquette, aged 16, who emigrated to the United States, in 1919


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  • Craig Paquette (b. 1969), American Major League Baseball player
  • Leo Armand Paquette (b. 1934), American organic chemist
  • Audra Paquette (b. 1981), American model, Miss New Hampshire (2005)
  • David Paquette (b. 1950), American international Jazz pianist
  • Gilbert Paquette (b. 1942), Canadian politician
  • Pierre A. Paquette (b. 1955), Canadian economist, politician, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Joliette (2000-2011)
  • Joseph-Henri-Albiny Paquette (1888-1978), Canadian politician and physician in Quebec
  • Stéphane Paquette (b. 1973), Canadian singer-songwriter from Chelmsford, Ontario
  • Robert Paquette (b. 1949), Canadian folk singer-songwriter from Sudbury, Ontario
  • Benjamin "B.P." Paquette (b. 1975), Canadian film director, screenwriter, producer and academic from London, Ontario


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  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Paquette Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Paquette 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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