The prominent surname Guenette originated in France, a country which has been a dominant presence in world affairs for centuries.The name Guenette emerged in the French province of Bourbonnais, which was occupied by the Romans
until the Germanic Frankish tribes overran the region in about the 5th century. In the 9th century, Bourbonnais emerged as a duchy and it was ruled by the powerful Lords of Bourbon, who also reigned over Navarre, and Spain
, Naples, and became the royal house of France. In the 12th century, the House of Bourbon became even more powerful when, by marrying with the Bourgoignes, it formed the first Capetian House of the Kings of France. In 1272, Robert de France, who was the Count of Clermont and son of Louis IX, acquired the territory of Bourbonnais through his marriage to Béatrice de Bourgoigne-Bourbon. Their son, Louis I, who was named the Great and was Count of Clermont, was the first Duke of Bourbon. In the early 14th century, Bourbonnais came under the control of Charles IV le Bel. After the Hundred
Years' War, the region became a vast princely state which grew to include the county of Forez
, Beaujolais and the duchy of Auvergne. In 1531, the duchy fell under Crown rule and in 1532, after the loss of all feudal
institutions, Bourbonnais received its first governor.
Early Origins of the Guenette family
The surname Guenette was first found in Bourbonnais, a historic province in the centre of France, now part of the modern department of Allier and Cher where this eminent family held a family seat
from very early times.
The family soon expanded, prospered and branched to Nevers where they were recognized as a noble family in the beginning of the 17th century. Paul Guynet is listed in the cartularies of Montélimar in 1632 when he married Isabeau Pansier. During the 1700's, Louis-François Guynet was a tobacco entrepreneur at Valence and the Commander of Saint-Grégoire-le-Grand. He married Louise-Anne Boveron and the ceremony was famous at Valence because it was held in the Church where the body of Pope Pius VI rested and was performed by Cardinal Spina in recognition of Louise-Anne's father's devoted efforts to save the Pope while he was held prisoner. A distinguished member of the family, Hippolyte Guynet, was an Industrialist of Paris and he was decorated as a Knight of the Legion of Honour during the 1800's.
Early History of the Guenette family
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Guenette Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Guynet, Guynait, Guynez, Guynais, Guynest, Guynay, Guynaies, Guyné, Guynée, Guinet, Guinait, Guinez, Guinais, Guinest, Guinay, Guinaies, Guiné, Guynnet, Guynnait, Guynnez, Guynnais, Guynnest, Guynnay, Guynnaies, Guynné, Guynnée, Guinnet, Guinnait, Guinnez, Guinnais, Guinnest, Guinnay, Guinnaies, Guinné, Guinnés and many more.
Early Notables of the Guenette family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Guenette family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Griffine Guiné who settled in Virginia in 1623; Thomas Guiné settled in Virginia in 1623; and William Guinnés settled in Barbados in 1663..
Contemporary Notables of the name Guenette (post 1700)
- Peter Matthew Guenette (1948-1968), United States Army soldier, recipient the Medal of Honor
- Pierre Guénette (b. 1969), Canadian ITF and WTF Taekwondo world champion
- Wanda Guenette (b. 1962), Canadian bronze medalist volleyball player at the 1995 Pan American Games
- Steven Guenette (b. 1965), Canadian retired former professional NHL ice hockey goaltender
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