Show ContentsChollet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestral home of the Chollet family is in Anjou, France. Chollet was derived from the baptismal name Charles, which stems from the Old French name, Charlys.

Early Origins of the Chollet family

The surname Chollet was first found in Anjou, a former county, duchy and province centred on the city of Angers in the lower Loire Valley of western France where the family was established in a seigniory, which became a marquisate in 1677, in favor of de Colbert.

Early History of the Chollet family

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Chollet Spelling Variations

Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations of the name Chollet, including Cholet, de Cholet, Cholette, Chollet, de Chollet and many more.

Early Notables of the Chollet family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the name was Gervais Chollet, a calligrapher, who was born in 1639 in Azé, and who died in 1706; Godefroi-Ernest de Chollet (1722-1792), a lieutenant-general; François Armand Cholet (1747-1826), and his son, Jules, born...
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Chollet Ranking

In France, the name Chollet is the 667th most popular surname with an estimated 7,115 people with that name. [1]

United States Chollet migration to the United States +

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 Chollet 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 Chollet were

Chollet Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Chollet Jr., who arrived in New York in 1785 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Chollet (post 1700) +

  • Leroy Patrick Chollet (1924-1998), American NBA basketball player for the Syracuse Nationals (1949-1951)
  • Derek Chollet, American foreign policy advisor and author, current Counselor of the United States Department of State
  • Marcel Chollet (1855-1924), also known as Marcel de Chollet, a French speaking Swiss painter of the Belle Époque
  • Louis Chollet (1815-1851), French organist and composer for piano, choir and orchestra
  • Jean-Baptiste Marie Chollet (1798-1892), French musician and operatic baritone who composed a few romances and nocturnes
  • François Chollet, French software engineer and artificial intelligence researcher currently working at Google, creator of the Keras deep-learning library
  • Paul Chollet (1928-2022), French paediatrician and politician, Mayor of Agen from 1989 to 2001, Deputy of the National Assembly from 1986 to 1997
  • Maribel Chollet Morán (b. 1971), Mexican politician from the Institutional Revolutionary Party
  • Jean-Louis Chollet, French Canadian paper company executive, Quebec, Canada
  • Jean-Arthur Chollet (b. 1862), French prelate, Archbishop of Cambrai
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  2. 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) on Facebook