Barrette History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Barrette family goes back to the Medieval landscape of northern France, to that coastal region known as Normandy. Barrette is a habitation name, derived from the place name Barrault, in Normandy. [1]

Early Origins of the Barrette family

The surname Barrette 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. [2]

"Formerly the Carmelites were called the Barred Brothers, because of their clothes. Du Cange says that barette is the noun of the verb bareter, to exchange, to trade. Moisy says that in Normandy the name of churn to the churn to make butter is given." [2]

Early History of the Barrette family

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Barrette Spelling Variations

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 Barrette, some of which 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 Barrette family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family in this period was Claude Barrat (c. 1658-c.1711), a French notary and a clerk of the court in Placentia (Plaisance), Newfoundland; and Nicolas Barat (died 1706), a French Catholic scholar of Hebrew works. Apollon Marie-Rose Barret was...
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Barrette World Ranking

In the United States, the name Barrette is the 10,815th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3] However, in Canada, the name Barrette is ranked the 824th most popular surname with an estimated 6,523 people with that name. [4] And in Quebec, Canada, the name Barrette is the 298th popular surname. [5]


United States Barrette migration to the United States +

In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec, in 1663 there were only 500, 2,000 migrants arrived during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. 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. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many distinguished contributions have been made by members of this family name Barrette. It has been prominent in the arts, religion, politics and culture in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Barrette were

Barrette Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Isaac De Barrette, who landed in Maryland in 1666 [6]
Barrette Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • A Barrette, aged 33, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829 [6]
  • O. A. Barrette, aged 47, who landed in America, in 1896
Barrette Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mrs. M. A. Barrette, aged 43, who immigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • Sarah Barrette, aged 25, who landed in America from Belmullet, Ireland, in 1910
  • Pierre Barrette, aged 19, who settled in America, in 1917
  • Jean Barrette, aged 40, who landed in America from Bordeaux, France, in 1917
  • Faustino Barrette, aged 34, who immigrated to the United States, in 1918
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Barrette migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Barrette Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Jean Barrette who settled in Quebec from Normandy in 1661
  • Guillaume Barrette, who settled in Quebec from Normandy in 1662
Barrette Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Arthur Barrette, aged 33, who immigrated to Ottawa, Canada, in 1907
  • Louis Barrette, aged 47, who immigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1915

Contemporary Notables of the name Barrette (post 1700) +

  • Emery G. Barrette (1930-1993), American United Methodist Church minister and politician
  • Mrs. A. P. Barrette, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Vermont, 1936 [7]
  • Michel Barrette (b. 1957), Quebec television and movie actor, television and radio host and stand-up comedian
  • Antonio J. Barrette (1899-1968), Quebec politician
  • Hugo Barrette (b. 1991), Canadian two-time gold medalist cyclist, specializing in track time trials from Cap-Aux-Meules, Quebec
  • Yvon Barrette, Canadian actor
  • Anthony Barrette (b. 1986), Canadian football offensive lineman
  • Joseph Arthur Barrette (1875-1952), Canadian politician
  • Gilbert Barrette (b. 1941), Canadian Liberal politician representing the riding of Témiscamingue (2003-)


The Barrette 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.


  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Dionne, N.-E., Les Canadiens-Francais Origine Des Familles. Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 1969. Print
  3. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  4. ^ https://forebears.io/surnames/
  5. ^ https://statistique.quebec.ca/fr/document/noms-de-famille-au-quebec/tableau/les-1-000-premiers-noms-de-famille-selon-le-rang-quebec
  6. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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