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The name Charest is an ancient French name that was given to a person from Brittany who was a cart driver. Tracing the origin of the name further, we found the name Charest was derived from the Old French word "charetier," which means "carter."

Charest Early Origins



The surname Charest was first found in Brittany, where this illustrious family was anciently seated.

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Charest Spelling Variations


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Charest Spelling Variations



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 Charest is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Charest, Charrest, Charet, Charret, Charets, Charrets, Charette, Charrette, Charettes, Charrettes, Charais, Charrais and many more.

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Charest Early History


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Charest Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Charest research. Another 168 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1712, 1739, 1787, 1796, 1832, and 1848 are included under the topic Early Charest History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Charest Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Charest Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst this name at this time was Athanase-Charles-Marin de Charette de la Contrie, a politician, who was born at the chateau La Trémissière in 1796, and...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Charest Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



France finally gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the 1700s. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and 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, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 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 the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Charest were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Charest were Étienne Charets, who married Catherine Bissot in Quebec City in 1670; Jacques Charets, who married Jeanne Dubois in Lévis in 1693; Étienne Charets, a merchant, who married Anne-Thérèse Duroy in Quebec City in 1713.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Charest (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Charest (post 1700)



  • Leo Charest, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Goffstown, 1956 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Nancy Charest (1959-2014), Canadian politician, MNA for Matane (2003-2007)
  • Travis Charest (b. 1969), Canadian comic book penciller, inker and painter for DC Comics and Marvel
  • Micheline Charest (1953-2004), Canadian television producer and founder of Cinar, a Canadian producer of children’s entertainment
  • John James "Jean" Charest PC, MNA (b. 1958), Canadian politician, the 29th Premier of Quebec
  • Benoît Charest (b. 1964), Canadian Academy Award and Grammy Award nominated guitarist and film score composer

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