The name Charet 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 Charet was derived from the Old French word "charetier," which means "carter."
Early Origins of the Charet family
The surname Charet was first found in Brittany
, where this illustrious family was anciently seated.
Early History of the Charet family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Charet research.Another 168 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1712, 1739, 1787, 1796, 1832, and 1848 are included under the topic Early Charet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Charet 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 Charet 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.
Early Notables of the Charet family (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 Charet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Charet 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 Charet 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 Charet were
Charet Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Valentin Charet, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1773 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
- Prudent Brice Charet, who settled in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1796
Charet Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- James Charet, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
Contemporary Notables of the name Charet (post 1700)
- Charles-Eugène Charet (1870-1950), French general