The history of the Barrelet family goes back to the Medieval landscape of northern France, to that coastal region known as Normandy
. Barrelet is a habitation name, derived from the place name Barrault, in Normandy.
Early Origins of the Barrelet family
The surname Barrelet was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy
, where they held a family seat
in the village of Charente in the arrondissement de Chatelle Rault.
Early History of the Barrelet family
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Barrelet Spelling Variations
French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local
dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire
. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance
. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Barrelet is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations
of the name include Baratte, Barate, Barat, Barrat, Barat, Baraud, Barraud, Barrault, Barault, Bareau, Barreau, Barau, Barrau, Barou, Barrou, Barot, Barrot, Barott, Barrott, Barrotte, Barotte, Barratt, Barrat, Baratt, Barre, Barry, Barrett, Barrette, Barret, Barett, Barrit, Barritt, Barritte, Barre and many more.
Early Notables of the Barrelet family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Barrelet family to the New World and Oceana
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 Barrelet 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 Barrelet were Jean Barrette who settled in Quebec from Normandy
in 1661; Guillaume Barrette, who settled in Quebec from Normandy
in 1662; Andris Barret, who arrived in New York in 1710.
Contemporary Notables of the name Barrelet (post 1700)
- Henri Barrelet (b. 1880), French Olympian who won gold for rowing during the 1900 games
The Barrelet Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Pour bien desirer
Motto Translation: For wishing well.