The name Charette 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 Charette was derived from the Old French word "charetier," which means "carter."
Early Origins of the Charette family
The surname Charette was first found in Brittany
, where this illustrious family was anciently seated.
Early History of the Charette family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Charette research.Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1712, 1739, 1787, 1796, 1832, and 1848 are included under the topic Early Charette History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Charette Spelling Variations
Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations
of the name Charette, including Charest, Charrest, Charet, Charret, Charets, Charrets, Charette, Charrette, Charettes, Charrettes, Charais, Charrais and many more.
Early Notables of the Charette 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 Charette Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Charette family to the New World and Oceana
By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Since immigration was slow, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. 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. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Charette has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Charette were
Charette Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Leonie P. Charette, aged 21, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Agamemnon" from Brest, France CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J646-ZPD : 6 December 2014), Leonie P. Charette, 21 Jul 1919; citing departure port Brest, arrival port New York, ship name Agamemnon, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- Edward R. Charette, aged 49, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Rotterdam" from Boulogne-Sur-Mer, France CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Z7-GZ3 : 6 December 2014), Edward R. Charette, 25 Sep 1920; citing departure port Boulogne-Sur-Mer, arrival port New York, ship name Rotterdam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Contemporary Notables of the name Charette (post 1700)
- William Richard Charette (1932-2012), American Medal of Honor recipient for his actions during the Korean War
- Richard R. Charette, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Maine 2nd District, 1986 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Baron Athanase Charles Marie Charette de la Contrie (1832-1911), French royalist military commander
- François Athanase de Charette (1763-1796), French Royalist soldier and politician
- Hervé de Charette (b. 1938), French centre-right politician
- Joseph Jacques Mario Charette, Canadian medical assistant serving with the Canadian Airborne Regiment who was awarded the Medal of Bravery after disarming a Somali mob in 1993
- Janice Charette, Canadian public servant, Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet (2014-)
- Manon Charette (1955-2006), Canadian Olympic handball player at the 1976 Summer Olympics
- Pierre Charette (b. 1955), Canadian curler who has played in ten briers
- Benoît Charette (b. 1976), Canadian politician, MNA for Deux-Montagnes (2014-)
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