Boyette History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Of all the French names to come from the Languedoc of France, Boyette is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Languedoc, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Boyette family
The surname Boyette was first found in Languedoc, where the family has held a family seat since ancient times.
By the 1500's the family was well established in the region of Languedoc where several members of this prestigious family distinguished themselves through their contribution to the community in which they lived. The family, as a noble family of France, confirmed with letters of patent and heraldic cap, contributed largely to the political as well as the cultural scene of the region.
Raymond de Boyer, Lord of Lacoste and of Mailhac, had his name mentioned in 1538. In recognition of his outstanding services on the battlefield, Jehan de Boyer-Mailhac was promoted to the rank of Captain.
Another noble member of the family, François de Boyer-Mailhac, Lord of Lacoste and of Mailhac rose to the rank of Captain the army and received letters of congratulations from Louis XIII regarding his excellent services. François de Boyer-Castanet, Marquis de Tauriac, Lord of Beauvais and de La Roque, was created Baron of Roquemaure and became Lieutenant of the King of the province of Rouergue, by letters of patent of March 27, 1721. In appreciation of his contribution he was made Knight of Saint-Louis. Through the years many members of the different branches were granted titles of nobility and among them was Louis-Joseph-Eugène de Boyer-Castanet, Marquis de Tauriac, Viscount of Monclar, Lord of Castanet, Knight of Saint-Louis and Lieutenant of the King of the province of Rouergue by letters of patent of October 16, 1753.
In the 19th century, following the same tradition as their ancestors, members of this family were actively involved in the current affairs of their region and many of them received grants of lands, titles and letters of patent confirming their nobility and that of their descendants. One of them, Eugène Anne Adolphe de Boyer-Castanet, Marquis de Tauriac, was elected deputy of the Legislative Assembly, member of the "Académie des Jeux Floraux" and created Knight of the Legion of Honour. To this day, the province of Languedoc is proud to have been the ancestral seat of such a family.
Anicet Boyer, born in 1649, son of Guillaume and Marguerite (née Baillot), travelled to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in Quebec he married Françoise Martin at Pointe-aux-Trembles on 26th February 1680. He married for the second time on 27th November 1684 to Marie Varin. They settled together in Quebec until his death on 25th April 1724. 
Early History of the Boyette family
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Boyette Spelling Variations
French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from 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 Boyette is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Boyer, Boyet, Boyay, Boyey, Boyé, Boyais, Boier, Boiaie, Boyaie, Boiay, Boiais, de Boyer, de Boyet, de Boyay, de Boyey, de Boyé, du Boyer, Du Boyer, du Boyet, du Boyay and many more.
Early Notables of the Boyette family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name at this time was François de Boyer-Castanet, Marquis de Tauriac, Lord of Beauvais; and Claude Boyer (1618-1698), a French clergyman, playwright, apologist and poet.
Abel Boyer (1667-1729), was a miscellaneous writer, born on 24 June 1667, at Castres, in Upper Languedoc, where his father, who suffered...
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Migration of the Boyette family
France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and 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 Boyette 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 Boyette were Stephen Boyer settled in Virginia in 1652; Andreas Boyer settled in Philadelphia in 1865; Pierre Boyer settled in Louisiana in 1757.
Contemporary Notables of the name Boyette (post 1700) +
- Garland Boyette (b. 1940), American professional AFL and NFL linebacker
- Pat Boyette (1923-2000), American broadcasting personality and news producer
- Rickey Boyette, American politician, Representative from Tennessee 7th District, 1992 
- Ernest Boyette, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1944 
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- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html