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Where did the French Jett family come from? What is the French Jett family crest and coat of arms? When did the Jett family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Jett family history?

The ancient people of the French province of Anjou were the first to use the name Jett. Jett was derived from the male given name of Yehuda or Judah, which was the Biblical name of Jacob's eldest son.

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History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations of the name Jett, some of which include Jetté, Jeté, Jettet, Jetet, Jetter, Jeter, Jettot, Jetot, Jettau, Jetau, Jettaud, Jetaud, Jettaut, Jetaut, Jettaux, Jetaux, Jettauld, Jetauld, Jettault, Jetault, Jettaulx, Jetaulx, Jetteau, Jeteau, Jetteaux, Jeteaux, Jettat, Jetat, Jettas, Jetas, Jettard, Jetard, Jetton, Jeton, Jettin and many more.

First found in Anjou, a former county, duchy and province centred on the city of Angers in the lower Loire Valley of western France. The first records of the were found in a village in the department of Maine-et-Loire, in the canton and district of Barepéau.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jett research. Another 91 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jett History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Jett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Jett 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 Jett were

Jett Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Robert C Jett, aged 39, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Archie Jett, aged 25, who landed in America from London, England, in 1907
  • William Jett, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Edith Jett, aged 2, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Rosella Jett, aged 5, who emigrated to America, in 1909


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  • Brent W. Jett Jr. (b. 1958), American NASA Astronaut with over 40 days in space
  • James Jett (b. 1970), American professional football wide receiver and gold medalist Olympic sprinter at the 1992 Summer Olympics
  • Joan Jett (b. 1958), born Joan Marie Larkin, American rock musician and actress, often referred to as the "Queen of Rock 'n' Roll"
  • Joey Jett (b. 1998), American skateboarder
  • John Jett (b. 1968), American former NFL football punter for the Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions
  • Karina Jett (b. 1974), Vietnamese-American professional poker player
  • Shane Jett (b. 1974), American politician from Oklahoma; state legislator
  • Skyler Jett (b. 1950), American R&B and soul singer
  • Thomas M. Jett (1862-1939), American politician from Illinois; U.S. representative and jurist
  • Chip Jett (b. 1974), American professional poker player


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  • The Jett and Allied Families by Jeter Lee Jett.
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  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
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The Jett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jett Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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